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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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