• Just curious if there are any long term survivors out here that were dealing with cancer on the 9/11 attack?

    Asked by Coloman on Friday, September 11, 2020

    Just curious if there are any long term survivors out here that were dealing with cancer on the 9/11 attack?

    19 years ago today was the attack, but I know we have some here that have been fighting for over 30 years.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I wasn't in the middle of treatment at that time, I do remember that I was working in our landscaping business. I can remember the house, the project we were working on that day, and the name of the customer. Now don't ask me where I put my keys!

      17 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I wasn't fighting cancer then, but I sure do remember where I was when the first plane hit - on my way to work, nearly there. At the time, they thought it was a really awful accident ... and then the second plane hit. I remember how frustrated we all were because our company wouldn't allow us to go home ... instead, we spent our workday gathered around one of the few televisions in the place, horrified.

      16 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I wasn't diagnosed until 2012. But I remember, too. Not only did people think it was an accident, but most people in our office figured it was a small plane, like a Piper. I worked CS for a manufacturing company. We had TVs, but I couldn't go watch. But I was listening to the radio. And even in Ohio, it impacted our business. Most of our shipments went air. Suddenly, there was no air. Our big shipments could still go freight, by semi, but we had to resort to US Mail. We made CDs & DVDs. Not like Disney, but like training manuals. Some of our jobs were time sensitive, like pre-recorded radio shows that had to be played on specific dates. Sad day, scary times. I also remember calling one of my clients, just outside Boston, to make sure they were ok, when they reported that one of the planes left from there. Called my mom in Dayton OH to make sure she was ok, what with her being so close to Wright Patt AFB. She wasn't watching tv so she had no clue.

      16 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      We should remember back to that horrifying day 19 years ago. It brought the country together like nothing since WW2. I remember the saying back then, "We're ALL New Yorkers!" What the heck has happened to this country in the intervening years, where it's all vitriol and hatred and blue states against red states? We're all Americans and we should WANT to look out for one another.

      I was just at home that day but very concerned about my niece and her husband who lived just outside New York City in New Jersey. She traveled crosstown to Connecticut everyday to work. He worked in a highrise on the Jersey side and watched the whole thing happen from office windows.

      16 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I was in Hendersonville, TN at that time, managing a hotel there. It was a heavy check out that morning, so I was assisting the Front Desk Clerk. Suddenly, my Maintenance man was running towards the Front Desk yelling something that no one could understand - but we knew something was seriously wrong. He ran to the TV in the lobby while everyone watched. He said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We thought he meant a small, single engine plane until we saw the second jetliner heading for the tower. We were glued to our spots, mouths hanging open, not saying a word for what felt like an eternity. Those that had just checked out didn't leave right away. We stored everyone's luggage and watched the TV for hours. It was horrendous for all, the workers, the first responders, and those who had just been in the area. The images that I still have not gotten out of my mind were the ones where the people were jumping from the windows.

      16 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      My cancer treatments were finished by early 2000. On what we’d forever remember as 9/11, I was in Brooklyn, on my way to a part-time job in Brooklyn, teaching painting in a senior center before going to my other job in Manhattan. I live across the Hudson from Lower Manhattan (I used to be able to see the Twin Towers from my window). When I got to the senior center, everyone knew about the attacks. I watched part of it on the big-screen TV they had in the lunchroom, where I taught my class.

      Walked home that afternoon and saw pedestrians covered with ash. That night, or the next, my partner and I walked to the Promenade near us, from which one can see the Lower Manhattan skyline. And for weeks afterwards we smelled the smoke from the murdered bodies across the river.

      12 days ago

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