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Michelle was posted 01/30/1998 07:53 pm by Missy
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My dad worked at Caterpillar (a manufacturing plant of large equipment like bulldozers, etc.) for over 30 years. He started on the line, & worked his way into upper-management. He was around various chemicals, etc. throughout his career. This is one of the first questions the doc's asked him when he was diagnosed; whether he had been exposed to any type of chemicals. I can't say that that is the cause; I don't think we'll ever know why or how he contracted this awful disease. He has smoked, sometimes heavily, since he was a teenager (he's 54 now). This may have had something to do with it, as well. Needless to say, he hasn't stopped, as his theory is he might as well do something he enjoys (?) while he still can enjoy it. I think it is really more of a crutch that he is holding on to now. The doc's have not pressed him to quit, either. So, while my dad did not work in the auto industry, he was at some point in his younger years, exposed to various chemicals in his line of work. Could be a relationship there somewhere; I'm definitely not as knowledgeable as others in this room; just wanted to give you some info on my situation. Hopefully others will be able to shed more light....Take Care - Missy

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