Posted in May 2012

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a common bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of George, shared by his wife, Donna, who is a part of our ADAO family.

We encourage you to submit your personal stories by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

“REFLECTION OF A LIFE TAKEN” – GEORGE’S STORY

Name: George

Date of Birth: 22-JUL

Date of Death: 7-FEB- 2008

Date of 1st Symptoms: OCT-2007

Date of Diagnosis: 30-OCT-2007

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Treatment: Had 1 treatment of chemo

State: CO

How has Asbestos changed your life?: Life was taken from this man who had given his life as a hard worker. He started his apprenticeship when he was 18 or 19 as a pipefitter, a union pipefitter. So, he was exposed to this poison, pipe insulation very young. He worked in the trade all his life. He owned his own business the last 25 yrs and was going to retire and our son was going to take over the business. Who I  might say has been a pipefitter also for many years. Now, we are praying and praying he will be ok. He is missed so much by so many people. It has been 4 yrs but seems like only yesterday that he passed away. The sorrow and hurt is still so raw. You don’t get over being together 50 years very easy. We were very young when we married. We have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 9 Great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. I have so many mixed emotions about all of this. I think the one I can’t get past is the way he died. It was not necessary if the law makers would have done their job many years ago. Just knowing that so many people knew that this asbestos was a killer and they were allowed to sell it anyway is hard for me to forgive. Some how the law has to get changed about this poison. Somehow someone has to realize how many lives are being effected and do something. I hold them responsible and no one else. This is on their soul.

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