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What if we find that our bunker gear not only has PFAS chemicals in it but they can affect us and we have been doing nothing about it?
Public concerns about PFAS chemicals in the environment have grown exponentially in the past few years.
This is not the life I anticipated when I married my firefighter, but this is the life I have.
These particular PFAS have been linked to thyroid disease, hypertension, immunosuppression, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer.
The stoic does not overreact but, with practice, traditionally challenging responses become instinctual and habitual.
Although firefighters “state” their priorities are work, family and good health, they are beginning to recognize their day-to-day behaviors do not support their priorities in life.
The smoke we are exposed to needs to be our number one adversary, not the fire.
It is up to us to be vigilant when it comes to keeping ourselves safe.
If you’re a firefighter facing a cancer diagnosis or other serious illness and concerned about financial toxicity and caring for your family, know your full range of options.