Posted on December 5, 2013
Many of us can think back to the heartbreaking time when we first heard the news that a loved one had an asbestos-caused disease. “Mesothelioma – can’t pronounce it, can’t cure it,” was my devastated, personal reaction. It took me many weeks to even begin to understand the diagnosis my husband had received and find the very limited treatment options available to him.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is committed to replacing those feelings of fear, loneliness and confusion with the knowledge that there are others who share your experience and want to support you. We want you to have easy access to information about medical resources for asbestos-caused diseases. Now this connection can be made immediately with a touch of your iPhone.
At our ADAO app on iTunes, called “ADAO Asbestos Information,” you can find the latest information, not only about treatments for mesothelioma, but also disease prevention, our annual conference (2014 conference information will be live in January), and much more. Touch the icons to learn about our three initiatives – Education, Advocacy and Community – and “Connect With Us” to access our social networks.
An exclusive feature from the mobile app includes a direct dial to three government agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These direct dials give people easy access to report an asbestos-related problem or request information.
Navigating the health care system maze is complex – but it shouldn’t be. Although, we do not make medical referrals, the app provides easy access to information, including a list of 25 hospitals in ten states that ADAO has compiled over the past ten years, where specialized treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases is offered. For our blog on Medical Resources, click here.
ADAO’s app addresses the most commonly asked questions from www.adao.us and is designed for patients and their families who want to know more about their disease, workers who want to better understand how to protect themselves from exposure at work, and homeowners wanting to know where asbestos might be found in their homes.
Download the app by searching “ADAO” in the Apple App Store and send us an email to tell us what you think.
Please join me in thanking Herman Hamilton who worked tirelessly to make this mobile application a reality.