Susan from Panama City Beach, Florida lives only a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico.
"I went for one last swim in the Gulf last July," she wrote, "And on my way home, on my bike, my skin and eyes were on fire."
She reports symptoms such as burning eyes, burning lesions all over her body -- especially on the face, swollen glands in her neck, and feeling very ill and weak. No pre-existing conditions were noted.
"I went to the Emergency room four times the first month after my swim in the Gulf. I was given antibiotics and prednisone," she wrote, "They didn’t help one bit."
She thought this would eventually go away, but it has not. "I have not recovered. The lesions are still here. I’m still sick," she wrote, "I haven’t been able to leave my house since that day in the Gulf. If I go in the sun at all, they get worse."
"My immune system is wrecked. If I get a simple cold, it takes twice as long to recover. I am very weak. I lost 30 pounds. I fear that these lesions could become cancerous. I keep finding more and more of them."
What's next for Susan?
"Doctors act like we're nuts. BP doesn't take us seriously."
"Since my swim in the Gulf, my life has changed dramatically and my skin is ruined. I wish we could band together and do something about it."
She concludes, "STAY OUT OF THE GULF! It’s ruined."