Leukemia and Cancers

I WAS A SERGEANT SERVING WITH 2ND TANK BATTALION DURING THE GULF WAR. I LEFT THE MILITARY AFTER RETURNING TO CAMP LEJUENE , NORTH CAROLINA WITH AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ACUTE MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA TYPE M4 ON SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR {1999 } I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY MARINE OR MILITARY PERSON WHO HAS CONTRACTED LEUKEMIA WHO BELIEVES THAT IT IS DESERT STORM RELATED. I DIDNT KNOW HOW BIG THIS PROBLEM WAS UNTIL I WAS DIAGNOSED.

SEMPER FI ..GOD DID HEAL MY CANCER..THANK GOD !!GOD BLESS YOU  Sept 27, 1999

ARMANDO FORMER MARINE 2ND TANK BN <MANDOSAN@AOL.COM>

March 15, 2000  My father, C. Mike McMullin, served during the gulf war with the 475th MASH unit from Kentucky. After his return my mother broke out with a rash. She went to the doctor where he told her it looked like she had been exposed to a large amount of pesticides, which she had not. Shortly after that she was diagnosed with AM leukemia. She was treated with chemotherapy and went into remission, but that didn't last long. She died February 28, 1994.

My family believes that her illness was very much so related to the Gulf War. My father is now disabled with numerous ailments, all of which pertain to GWS.  Abbie <ABBIEHARRIS@aol.com>

Abbie Harris

I suspect a commonly used chemical exposure to cause the gulf war syndrome = CFIDS in civilian life ... it needs to be banned
 
It is a pesticide and a solvent.  Your mom could have been exposed 'second hand'
 
The FATIGUE is this red blood cell anemia
 
remember a serious FLU?  Diarrhea?
What was going on then?  You can be exposed to same chemical even today
 
Headaches are part of this chemical's poisoning -  this pattern:
 
Diabetes is part of what 2-butoxyethanol would cause
one of gulf war vets' exposures http://www.valdezlink.com/same.htm
 
Some helps here?  Please feel free to join my discussion forum
 
 
Margaret
Valdez, ALASKA
 
It is an autoimmune issue
 

 

I served with the 475th MASH during the Gulf War. Anyone assigned to the Unit during that time please contact me at Michael D. Bivin <TwnBrother@hotmail.com>
My name is Armando and i served with the 2nd tank battalion during the gulf war. i was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia type m4 in September of this year and received chemotherapy and much prayer. God healed me from the leukemia however my doctor still has future treatment to deal with this type of cancer. i feel that since there is no history of cancer in my family that i did get this cancer by high level exposure to the oil fires and other things that are connected to the gulf war.
August 19, 1999
I served in 3/2 2d Mar.Div. in the Gulf War and was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia on January 20, 1998. Do you have any other of the symptoms that have been discussed recently in the media? I have experienced rashes, insomnia, muscle and joint pain. Please update me.
otto  12-26-1999
 

Quote from a gulf war vet's spouse, 1999:

My wife was in Gulf war and on Dec. 16 1999 she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforma (Brain cancer Grade 4). No family history of any cancer. I am curious to know if its is something that GWV are diagnised with ...

I suspect exposure to 2-butoxyethanol or similar chemical

has been very prevalent since WWII days.

It is said to cause brain tumors, leukemia & other cancers,

But right now the general population makes no connection

With a great deal of exposure - a brain tumor could happen early on.

Or if not as great ... it could be a birth defect from someone harmed

(Too, I suspect much diabetes is a birth defect from our WWII parents)

 

Bladder, Kidneys, Anger

I have read through most of the messages on the board, funny how so many sound just like what my Husband is going through. When he returned to Germany from the Gulf, he had a big stomach, and on his over 40 physical, they tried to say it was a beer gut, well he don't drink. So then they said well maybe a Hernia, NOT, finally after an MRI they found that his bladder was the size of a basketball. After draining more than 2 liters, they said that for some reason his prostate made a shelf and caused the problem. Still no reason for the prostate to of done this, in the mean time he was medically retired from the Army since he no longer had bladder muscles and had to self cather 4-5 times a day, and could not be deployed in unsanitized conditions. Being an Engr. that was like every where they went, unsanitized. So, he ended up with 40% disability.  That was in 93, in 98 his left kidney failed temporary, still no reason for it. Tests, MRI's more tests more MRI's. 

Nothing could be found to say why this is happening. Slowly his anger developed. Normally he is pretty good at keeping his temper at check, normally it would take alot to make him go off, but as the days, months and years go by, it is getting worse. It has gotten to the point that I feel like I have to walk on eggshells, not knowing when or if he is going to explode. Driving with him scares me as he has gotten so road raged as they say. Don't cut him off or pull out in front of him, don't beep at him, he has, ended up following people who have done this, threatening to whip their butt's, going right up on their bumpers, beeping bakc at them after he has gotten behind them. I almost am afraid to ride with him when we have to go places. Sometimes it is just a small thing that won't work right, a program on the puter, a electronic game, whatever, he might throw it, bang it against the floor or wall. Can't begin to tell you how much I have thrown out due to it. I have tried to talk to him, telling him at least go have it checked out, but he says there ain't nothing wrong. I know that we have been through alot over the years, since he came back from the Gulf, but it slowly started before the other things in our life happened. 

I have been married to him for over 27 yrs so I do know him, I just don't know what or where I can go from here to help him out. Lots of times I just shut my mouth and go into another room, many times I can't shut my mouth and do tell him that he is being irrational, knowing that he just might turn on me, hoping not but knowing that he could. Anyone who can help or guide me please do. I have talked to a few others who were in his unit, some say they are going through the same thing some say no. Bless all of you  

Oct 3, 2000  Patricia <Baileyral@aol.com> e-mail does not work

 

October 2, 2000

I was cut by some wire in Northern Iraq. The wound appeared to heal normally until my return to Germany. Wound had scar tissues,  I went to the field and returned with what appeared to be a rash. Was treated for a number of things and it appeared to be going away, but always returned. It has been 10 years and I have seen 12 doctors. Had biopsy last week and waiting for results. Wound was only initially 2 inches and is now covering the entire front half of my L R leg. Any info or ideas? Anyone else out there with similar situation? Please e-mail me.

Randy <rfields@uasi-qc.com>

Karen - "feel like this?"

Anyone in the Gulf war experience this: Two years ago my son's leg mid distance from ankle to knee opened with a very deep hole. Just erupted-doesn't remember ever bumping it. Doctors can't seem to take care of it. Had about every test done to it. Now wound much wider and shallower and more painful. Would like to know of anyone with similar problem and how it was treated. Many thanks. Karen

<CALENJOHNS@AOL.COM>   May 9, 2000

MY HUSBAND HAS HAD A HOLE IN HIS LEG FOR TWO YEARS NOW. HE HAS BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH THERAPY, WOUND TREATMENT, surgery YOU NAME IT, HE'S HAD IT. I AM CURIOUS TO KNOW IF YOU SON HEALED, AND WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS OR SURGERIES THAT HE HAD. I AM DESPERATE. THANK YOU

dear doctors my va in rochester ny can not help m me even after seven yr.of treatment. im ready to call DR.K do you realy think ya can help Me??????  Sullivan Dan  Sept 29, 1999
October 06, 2000

I am married to a French woman, whose brother served in the French navy during the Gulf War. He has recently had numerous problems with muscle spasms (eventually operated on) and has only recently started to have real problems with other aspects of his health.  He is currently seeing a doctor in France who has told him that his immune system has stood itself on it's head with the white and red blood cells reversing their behavior.

Please excuse me if this sounds like a mess to you, but I don't really know what this all means. He said that he did have various injections before he went to the gulf , but right now he doesn't think that there are any records of what they were.

Can anyone help with names/addresses etc of people out there who might be able to help us find out what happened to him? I have said that I will try to help him as much as I can, because at the moment, he is freaked by his health problems and I can perhaps do something for him. Gordon