I just learned that a 12-year-old boy across the street has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Not good; very, very sad, I can't imagine the heartbreak of that trauma.
Two years ago, there was a 4-year-old boy on the same block (houses away from this one) who was undergoing treatment for leukemia (his family moved away.)
.......needless to say, now I am freaking out about my own
babies and their health, and if there could be someting environmental going on. This town is on a river, and just a 1/2 mile downstream is a coal-burning power plant smokestack, and another mile downstream is a window (for homes/businesses) manufacturing plant.
Both of these businesses are polluters, and I've looked them up at Scorecard.org. I've always been displeased with these icons of ill health in my community, but what are you going to do--the city's polluted, the countryside is drenched in pesticides/herbicides/etc. DDT is found in the breastmilk of Aelutian Eskimos, according to Sandra Steingraber's cited research.
I think the father of the leukemia boy is a painter (houses) and the other boy's father works with kitchen remodeling. I'm not 100% sure on these professions, nor could I speculate on their lifestyles (but I've not seen them at my co-op.)
I want to run screaming, and then I wonder if I'm over-reacting. Is this a coincidence? Or something insidious?