Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

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RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by deavon on Sat Aug 04, 2018 01:49 AM

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Please stop screaming in all caps. We are all concerned, so many have suffered. I'm curious who you would sue?

Also concerned, 

Deavon B

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by suggi on Sat Aug 04, 2018 09:18 AM

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On Apr 14, 2015 12:47 AM lamaj wrote:

I may be the oldest responders. I was born in 1938. My mother said that I made a lot of snoring noises when asleep. The doctor at a well known Philadelphia hospital said that my thymus was enlarged and that I needed radiation to shrink it. The doctors should have known that ALL babies have an enlarged thymus.

I now have hypothyroidism, I am pre -diabetic, and have a neuromuscular disorder unknown what or why. Basil cell cancer from sun and other rashes. I have double vision, hearing loss,andmouth sores.

have some sort of 

lamaj - how are you doing.  I was born in 1938 also and had the radioactive iodine pill for severe yperthyroidism undiagnosed so it affected my heart) and now am hypo.  Had breast cancer, have many allergies to meds, pollen, etc., basal cell cancer, osteoporosis, severe scoliosis affecting my breathing, all connected to being radiated 2x back in the day.

Hope you are still hanging in there as that is all we have is hope.  Too bad we cant be compensated for what they did to us. The pediatrician told my Mother when I was 10 that I would probably be dead by age 16 and if I did live to adulthood my kids would be deformed.  She neglected to tell me this until she was well in her 90s and my children are not deformed but those docs realized what they had done and really something should be done for us.  Yu just never know what is just around thecorner for us.

Hope you are well.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by suggi on Fri Oct 05, 2018 08:16 PM

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I found something interesting and am posting the link to it.  They are finally admitting killing off the thymus gland as a child is the reason behind lots of medical problems.  However, they are only discussing surgery and not radiation but killing off the thyroid is still killing off the thyroid no matter how it is done.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/thyroid-disease-after-thymus-

Thoughts please????

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by bezneez on Sat Nov 03, 2018 04:55 PM

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I just noticed your post, as I've just begun researching the effects of radiation on the Thymus.    I was irradiated at 6 months of age, in 1947, as I was spitting up most of what I was fed. I don't know how many times, etc.  I just know that the  hospital where the radiation was done (St. Elizabeth's, in Appleton, WI) sent me a letter at age 30, saying the radiation had caused lumps on the thyroid and to have mine checked.   Sure enough, I had one - and had a partial thyroidectomy.  As the years have passed, I have had endless auto-immune illnesses, one after the other.  The latest, was necrotizing vasculitis, which neccesitated open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve and part of the aorta, which had been turned to mush.  There is no history of auto-immune illnesses running in my family.  These illnesses over the years, prevented me from ever being able to build up "a head of steam" on a career - as I would gain traction and then slowly grow ill - over and over again. I'm 71 years of age and angry that I was robbed of the life I expected to be able to build.

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by mowatsart on Sat Nov 03, 2018 08:56 PM

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It is so sad that like ourselves there were so many experiments done on humans that resulted in poor quality of life. There was no fighting for our rights back then. It was just trusted that doctors knew best. Unfortunately much the same still goes on. I hope the wrong doers of this system get there just reward. I'm 70 in December, being healthy was always a struggle but fortunately ive always young at heart.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by robinlynn5 on Sat Nov 03, 2018 09:17 PM

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On Nov 03, 2018 4:55 PM bezneez wrote:

I just noticed your post, as I've just begun researching the effects of radiation on the Thymus.    I was irradiated at 6 months of age, in 1947, as I was spitting up most of what I was fed. I don't know how many times, etc.  I just know that the  hospital where the radiation was done (St. Elizabeth's, in Appleton, WI) sent me a letter at age 30, saying the radiation had caused lumps on the thyroid and to have mine checked.   Sure enough, I had one - and had a partial thyroidectomy.  As the years have passed, I have had endless auto-immune illnesses, one after the other.  The latest, was necrotizing vasculitis, which neccesitated open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve and part of the aorta, which had been turned to mush.  There is no history of auto-immune illnesses running in my family.  These illnesses over the years, prevented me from ever being able to build up "a head of steam" on a career - as I would gain traction and then slowly grow ill - over and over again. I'm 71 years of age and angry that I was robbed of the life I expected to be able to build.

Dear Bezneez,

What a heartbreaking story. I've thought about your situation for a few minutes now.  What's happened in the past is history. If you stay angry, bitter, and 'blame',  it is you who will rob the rest of your life for any chance of happiness and peace. Having no idea what your cultural or religious background is, I decided this 15 min video by Deepak Chopra has a reasonable chance for seeing your life differently - in a positive, peaceful way.  It could be the catalyst for having a happier life from this time forward.  I wish you much success with it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNpGyG2jSw

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by Johnwooster on Mon Feb 11, 2019 06:58 PM

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Hello, I just found this thread and have read all of the posts.  I wonder how many of us there are.

According to my baby book, I was irradiated at less than three months of age in 1942.  I have taken natural thyroid hormone most of my life.  In the past twelve years i have had prostate, colon, and skin cancer.  I currently have multiple myeloma with all of the bells and whistles that accompany an incurable cancer.

I have suspected for years that my thymus irradiation was the cause of my health issues but my parents both died when I was in my late teens/early twenties so I wasn't able to discuss this with them.  Thanks for the chance to connect.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by deavon on Mon Feb 11, 2019 07:17 PM

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On Feb 11, 2019 6:58 PM Johnwooster wrote:

Hello, I just found this thread and have read all of the posts.  I wonder how many of us there are.

According to my baby book, I was irradiated at less than three months of age in 1942.  I have taken natural thyroid hormone most of my life.  In the past twelve years i have had prostate, colon, and skin cancer.  I currently have multiple myeloma with all of the bells and whistles that accompany an incurable cancer.

I have suspected for years that my thymus irradiation was the cause of my health issues but my parents both died when I was in my late teens/early twenties so I wasn't able to discuss this with them.  Thanks for the chance to connect.

Welcome to this message board, Johnwooster. I'm so sorry for your troubles. I know things are very tough for you, and send you many good wishes and virtual hugs. 

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by suggi on Tue Feb 12, 2019 08:01 AM

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On Oct 05, 2018 8:16 PM suggi wrote:

I found something interesting and am posting the link to it.  They are finally admitting killing off the thymus gland as a child is the reason behind lots of medical problems.  However, they are only discussing surgery and not radiation but killing off the thyroid is still killing off the thyroid no matter how it is done.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/thyroid-disease-after-thymus- removal-4159741?utm_campaign=list_thyroid&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=14626456&utm_term=bouncex31v"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.verywellhealth.com/thyroid-disease-after-thymus- target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.verywellhealth.com/thyroid-disease-after-thymus-

Thoughts please????

Very interesting. I am now without a thyroid as developed Graves disease in Jan 2017 and had to have RAI todestroy it as I was in thyroid storm before it was diagnosed.  Unhappy since as can't get my replacement med right.  Also had breast cancer, skin cancer, Crohns disease, severe scoliosis squishing my lungs, severe osteoporosisetc.  I think the radiation which was unmeasured cobalt that I received 2 times and actually killed off my thymus instead of shrinking it is the cause of many of my probloems.  I am still here but in poor health.  A friend of mine who was radiated died of thyroid cancer.  Autoimmune disease does not run in my family and now I have 2 of them plus my bones and spine are bad.  Docs feel there is a connection.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by suggi on Thu Mar 14, 2019 07:31 PM

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UPDATE - I have found some very interesting articles re our problems.  However it is OLD (1994).  There was a Submarine Surviors group , quincy, MA taking calls from citizens radiated as kids as well as military folk.  I found a tel # but it is disconnected and can not find Submarine Survivors anymore.  They were attempting to get compensation for our troubles.  Seattle Times interviewed citizen Lisa mandel of manchester, CT who was 38 at the time so should be62 or so now.  Tried to find her but was unsuccessful - used Anywho tel dirctory.  If anyone wants to followup on this please do.  James Garrity was heading up the project.  IF LISA MANDEL OR JAMES GARRITY IS OUT THERE AND SEES THIS POST PLEASE GET IN TOUCH HERE. For everyone else, hopfully someone can dig deeper than I could.  Here is the articlle: community.seattletimes.nwsource.com /archive/?date=19940612&slug=1915268

Hoping someone will respond.  Thank you.

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