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Mon Dec 19, 2011, 03:43 PM

I found out from a cousin this weekend that many people on my dad's side

of the family are "Downwinders" who watched nuclear tests in the 50s in the remote area of NV where they lived; who saw the clouds, who saw the fallout come glittering down and covering vegetation, who played outside and got radiation burns as small children, and who have suffered multiple cancers.

My own father, who died of cancer very young, drove under the cloud of fallout while traveling home to visit his parents. My grandmother eventually died of lung cancer. My grandfather would have if farmer's lung hadn't got him first.

You hear about these things in the news and it sounds bad enough. And then you realize that it happened to your own family.



ETA: Now I am wondering what role my dad's radiation exposure might have played in some physical abnormalities my sister and I have.

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kestrel91316 Dec 2011 OP
OKIsItJustMe Dec 2011 #1
OKIsItJustMe Dec 2011 #2
kestrel91316 Dec 2011 #6
OKIsItJustMe Dec 2011 #7
pscot Dec 2011 #3
kestrel91316 Dec 2011 #4
hatrack Dec 2011 #5

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Mon Dec 19, 2011, 04:31 PM

2. I recently rewatched “The Atomic Cafe”

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Mon Dec 19, 2011, 10:40 PM

6. TYVM. Atomic Cafe is downright chilling in light of my new realization about

my own relatives.

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Tue Dec 20, 2011, 11:41 AM

7. It should be downright chilling to anyone

(on so many levels.)

The best part of it is that they let the archive footage speak for itself.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 07:10 PM

3. this group

might have some answers for you.
http://www.downwinders.com/

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Response to pscot (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 08:43 PM

4. Thank you. I am starting the process of documenting what happened to my grandmother.

It starts with getting a certified copy of her death certificate. If it shows the lung cancer, or if she is listed in the NV cancer registry, then I go from there. Lots of documentation needed. My genealogy expertise will be helpful.

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Mon Dec 19, 2011, 08:55 PM

5. If you haven't read "Refuge" by Terry Tempest Williams, you should

The concluding chapter of this heartbreaking book is "The Clan of One-Breasted Women" - she and her family were downwinders as well - God-fearing, hard-working red-white-and-blue Mormon Utahns, which is about eight levels of irony too much for me to get my brain around . . .

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