Sunday, May 21, 2006

TMI: 27 years later

In 1979, I was 13 years old when the nuclear disaster happened at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Middletown, PA. My childhood best friend died of breast cancer just after her 40th birthday. I have Hashimoto's Disease, an auto immune thyroid Disease. My older brother has Cushing disease. I have two cousins who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome--which I suspect is caused by undetected thyroid disease. Is there a link between people in my generation's illness and what happened in March of 1979? Was the accident much worse than what was reported?

The truest damage from Three Mile Islands Nuclear Plant really happened
2 days after the reported incident. Large uncontrolled amounts of
radiation were undoubtedly released. Only people within approximately a
5 mile radius were asked to evacuate at the time but the radiation did
effect a larger scope of people living around Middletown, PA.
Twenty-five years later, federal research claims indicate that there has
been no significant rise in cancer deaths among residents living near
the Three Mile Island site. This research is completely false. True
claims from a most recent analysis of health statistics in the region
conducted by the Radiation and Public Health Project has, however, found
that death rates for infants, children, and the elderly soared in the
first two years after the Three Mile Island accident in Dauphin and
surrounding counties. The information that those only within a 5 mile radius of the plant would be at risk were simply untrue.
Many, many people in Dauphin County have experienced long term effects as a result of this accident.
It is my belief that for many people exposed to these large doses of
radiation, adrenal related disorders and the even growth of malignant
tumors became more likely. It is clear that your exposure to radiation as a youngster made you and your family/friends more vulnerable to the illnesses you described in your question.


Blogger Gwenyth said...

I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!

8:42 PM  

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