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Tue May 14, 2019, 04:33 PM

7. Yes.

I have a Chernobyl story,too.

My husband and I were booked to go to Vienna and Italy in April 1986. About a week before we were due to leave, Reagan bombed Tripoli in Libya on April 15th.. There were all kinds of protests going on in Europe as a result. I was 35 and about 4 1/2 months pregnant with my first child. I started to have misgivings about being in two countries where neither one of us spoke German or Italian and being identified as Americans. Then a man put his pregnant girl friend on an El Al flight from Heathrow with a bomb in her carryon bag. It was discovered by security.

At that point I told my husband I was not going I didn't care that we'd spent beaucoup $$ on plane tickets, I was not going to Europe. So, we changed our plans and decided to only use the portion of our tickets from Los Angeles to JFK. We got off the plane in New York and simply didn't take the connecting flight. Instead, my husband drew up an itinerary for us to drive down the east coast, touring Civil War battlefields, and end up in Atlanta (as previously planned for our return from Europe) for a professional conference he was attending and visit his family.

We later learned that had I not insisted on canceling the European portion of our trip, we would have been in Vienna when Chernobyl blew on April 26th. I would have gotten a pretty good dose of radiation from the fall out due to the proximity to the event and the prevailing winds at the time. And, I would have been past the point of being able to make a decision about terminating the pregnancy.

There have been times when I have followed my intuition or my gut or my instinct or whatever you want to call it and been glad I did. Boy, was I glad I followed my gut on that decision to not take the European portion of that trip.

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