Archive for August, 2017



I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis since 2001, but the BOP health services ignored this condition for 10 years, too long to remedy the condition, which caused other medical issues: thyroid disease; storgrens disease, which is inflammation of the tear ducts and tear glands in my eye, causing scarring and dry spots in my eyes to the point that I can barely see at all. I am scheduled for lasik surgery soon. RA causes high blood pressure because it inflames all places in my body where I have cartilage, that is all veins, capillaries, and blood vessels, all the membranous sacks and tissues, surrounding my organs, eyes, liver, lungs, kidneys, etc. The RA goes systemic and attacks every part of my entire body, all joints, tendons, muscles, everything is squeezed and crushed. Because it was ignored for so long, I have permanent bone loss and damage and permanent eye damage. My blood pressure ranges from 170/100 to 97/68 fluctuating up and down. The RA caused me to develop esophageal aneurysms. I’ve had one procedure to put bands on some, and I am waiting more banding procedures. If any of these bursts it is impossible to stop the bleeding, I will drown in my own blood. RA kills about 12 thousand people in the U.S. every year, it is the number one crippler in the world. Many people commit suicide to escape the horrible pain of arthritis, I have considered it many times myself, it is unbearable. I was on a steroid for the inflammation “Predmisome” but had to be removed from that because of the aneurysms. I am also on 20 mgs of morphine twice a day, but it does nothing for this pain. This will kill me, it is only a matter of time. It could be today or years from now. Personally, I believe my time is growing quite short. I’ll be 61 years old in October 2017.

On top of the RA, I was diagnosed with Hemochromatosis 2 years ago, another disease the BOP neglected to diagnose soon enough, it causes iron to accumulate in tissues throughout my body, in my internal organs, etc. It causes pretty much the same symptoms as the RA and has an 80% mortality rate. The only treatment for this condition is phlebotomy (blood letting). I have had about 30 or 40 treatments already, and will have one every few weeks for the rest of my life. Hemochromatosis causes: sexual dsyfunction, which I don’t have, as of yet anyways. But, considering I’ve had no sex since 1984, I won’t sweat that issue. It causes joint pain, weakness, thyroid disease, and liver disease, which I do have. Needless to say, my quality of life suxs!

I have seven years to max out this prison sentence. I seriously doubt I’ll be able to complete the sentence. If I am not paroled soon, I will die in here before then. I have sent my last wishes to my wife to carry out for me in case I do not survive this unjust incarceration. I have enclosed some medical records. As noted the “normal” range for the ferritin in my blood is 20-300, mine was 1093. The iron level average normal range is 50-150, mine was 356. It is lower now due to phlebetomy, but still high. My rheumatoid factor is off the charts.

I’m still fighting, still doing my best to write to my brothers and sisters, but it is getting very difficult to do. Some days I can do nothing at all. I have fought the good fight, I have no complaints. Pray for me as I do you all, every day. What else I’d like to write is not allowed.

“And so it goes” (Tribute to Betty Tate)

Gary Yarbrough


Gary’s health has been suffering, and the BOP is doing nothing. I am not just talking minor health care problems, but problems such as aneurysms and cataracts that are causing blindness. Gary sacrificed his life for folk. He has been incarcerated around 33 years or more. We need to stand up for a man who sacrificed all for the folk that he loves. All it takes is sending a simple letter to a few people. I am even providing what to put in the letter, so all you have to do is copy and paste, put in an envelope, address, get a stamp, and mail. First we are going to try by writing the Warden at Florence ADX. If this does not work, we will try a different avenue.

Address the envelope to:

Warden David Berkebile

USP FLORENCE ADMAX
U.S. PENITENTIARY
PO BOX 8500
FLORENCECO  81226

Additionally, if you don’t want to write a letter, you can send an email here 

Here is another email address (that you can send your concerns to. For either email, just copy or paste the text below. Just be sure to include Gary’s name and his registry number, which is #09883-016 and he is at Florence ADMAX.

If you want to send a letter by snail mail to the Warden, here is a sample letter.

Warden Berkebile,

I am writing in reference to Prisoner Gary Yarbrough #09883-016 and his lack of medical care. Gary has aneurysms, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts that are affecting his vision, and a condition where his body produces to much iron. Most of these conditions are life threatening. While Mr. Yarbrough is in BOP custody, the BOP is responsible for his medical care.

It has come to my attention that Mr. Yarbrough is not receiving proper medical care. He actually needs to be in a medical facility because of all these health issues, but if he cannot be transferred to a medical facility, his medical issues need to at least be taken care of. If these conditions are not remedied, different prisoner advocacy groups will be contacted to intervene to insure that his medical needs are addressed.

Will you please look into this situation, and address the concerns about Mr. Yarbrough’s health.

Thank you,

Sign your name.

Thank you all for the support that you do for Gary!

Susan Yarbrough