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I don't know why it took me this long to put it together, but it's by no means impossible that the Toms River cancer cluster played a role in my mother's cancer. (It's equally possible that the one had no part in the other.) (I need to remember to ask my dad whether Mom had the genetic test for the defective gene. I doubt it, but it's worth asking.) Regardless, I lived in Toms River from birth until the age of approximately two, and my parents lived there for seven years before I was born.

I have friends who still live there; they have a double-osmotic filtration system installed in their house, and don't drink the tap water. Their water filter guy occasionally will talk about how other Toms River customers go through the filters twice or three times as frequently as customers not in Toms River do. I'm lucky not to have had cancer already, I suspect. And nothing in the future will surprise me on that front.

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Date: 2013-05-29 03:31 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
I am really sorry. <3

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Date: 2013-05-29 05:06 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
That's really scary. I wish you luck in the future - I had a usually hereditary cancer with no family history of it, meaning the future is difficult to predict, and it's a horrible thing to have always in the back of your mind.

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Date: 2013-05-29 23:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
I'm sorry, and I really hope that you don't get cancer.

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Date: 2013-05-30 04:51 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
:(
Pragmatically speaking, have you been tested for the gene? Is this enough of a basis to get referred to a specialist who can do it (since student health care can be reluctant to acknowledge that students are real adults, too)?

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Date: 2013-06-01 03:48 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
I see--I read her op-ed but none of the commentary. Makes sense about the genetic counseling, too.

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