Posted on November 29, 2013

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, the 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 Keith, as shared by his widow, Judith, 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.

“Robbed of His Dignity” – Keith’s Story

Name: Keith

Date of Birth: 27-MAY-1945

Date of Diagnosis: 14-OCT-2008

Date of Death: 01-FEB-2012

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Treatment: Vats procedure, Localised chemo-embolisation in Germany with Prof. Vogl combined with Mistletoe Therapy in UK

How has asbestos changed your life? Asbestos robbed my husband of seeing our daughter reach her 40th birthday and our grandchildren become adults. It also robbed him of his dignity, being able to walk for miles in the countryside, along the canals and rivers, travel along the preserved railway lines on his beloved steam trains, visit vintage bus rallies and watch traction engines at shows. He never got the chance to enjoy his retirement with me and as childhood sweethearts, he was the love of my life, my soulmate and my best friend.The tragedy is he never worked with asbestos but his father worked for the Universal Asbesestos company and he brought the fibres home on his work overalls and left a deadly legacy for my healthy and fit husband to inherit. Please God let there be a cure found soon so no other families have to watch their loved ones suffer and die in this way.

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