9/11 Survivors

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America was tremendously affected after planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Its main effects on the survivors could be classified into three categories; psychological, physical, and economic. The psychological effects were principally PTSD, anxiety, and depression; the physical effects were cancer, other diseases including gerd, and respiratory illnesses; and lastly, its economic toll on survivors meant a difficulty attaining basic health care, loss of jobs, and the struggle to find a new career. For this paper I interviewed John Kostick, a 9/11 survivor who was in Tower 1 at 8:45 a.m. when the first plane hit. John experienced several life changing health effects, as a result of the…show more content…
In the days following there was a huge plume of smoke “ .” When I spoke with John he mentioned that one of greatest causes of his health problems was the dust. When the towers fell John said it looked like it was “raining paper.” Not only was there paper but there was, LED lights, concrete, people remains, and everything else from the building. Such things were very hazardous to breathe in however there was nothing you could do to prevent it. Many diseases have cursed society involved in 9/11 in several different ways. A variety of cancers have formed in victims involved in the crash. “The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) found that nearly 9,000 firefighters with WTC exposure may be at greater risk for cancer than firefighters who weren’t exposed.” This clearly displays the amount of people sick exposed. Also, since the attack there have been increased rates of prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and multiple myeloma, a blood cancer due to 9/11. In all, over 2500 people have been diagnosed with cancer that links to September 11, and that number is still rising. Luckily, in 2006 The James Zadroga Act was passed which gave 9/11 victims the ability to receive free cancer screening. Gerd was another terrible disease that spread to many victims after 9/11, which stands for gastro esophageal reflux disease. Symptoms of this disease include, heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, stomach discomfort, cough, and chest pain. Medical director, E. Neil Schachter, says “all that stuff that was breathed into the back of our throats got mixed in with saliva and we swallowed it.” This picture accurately describes the chronic illness, “ ” This is what allowed the survivors to develop Gerd. In the beginning, for the first 2-3 years a large number of society involved in ground zero felt acid reflux often, 5-6 years later the number has increased. This helps to explain how not all effects are immediate; people to this

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