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106 Innovative Health - Summer 2016 Everyone knows what happened in Flint, starting with the flip of a switch on April 25, 2014. Through a series of bad decisions by local, state, and federal governments, a man-made disaster occurred. The scope of what happened next, no one could have predicted. Many homes, businesses, and hospitals began seeing changes in the water. The color changed to light brown and had a different odor; something was very wrong. Living in Flint and owning a small business in the city, I was concerned but then my attention got diverted by a personal crisis. In March of 2014, I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. I had stage II tongue cancer! Being a nonsmoker, I didn’t understand how I could have this, but I did. My surgery was in May at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before eight weeks of chemo and radiation could begin, I needed to go home for a time of healing. After six weeks of tube feeding, I was able to start a liquid and puree diet of food. Of course, everything was mixed with the Flint water. My husband and daughter complained that the water didn’t WATER CRISIS MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE WATER CRISIS /// BY SUSAN WALTER


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