Posted on September 9, 2014

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 John, as shared by his widow, Michele, 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.

John M“Only 19 Years Old When He Was Exposed” – John’s Story

Name: John

Location: Arizona

Date of Birth: MAY-1946

Date of 1st Symptoms: JUN-1998

Date of Diagnosis: AUG-2012

Treatment: Surgery and Chemotherapy

Date of Death: 22-SEP-2013

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

How has asbestos changed your life? 

In 1971 I married the love of my life and unfortunately we parted in 1972. In 2009 we reunited and were remarried in 2010. Being with John was the happiest I had ever been and I know he felt the same way. Since losing him I am so lost. All our plans for the future will never happen because of asbestos. John was so healthy and active. He acted and looked younger than his years and he still had so much life to live. When mesothelioma took my wonderful husband, it took most of me as well. My life will never be the same without him and I miss him so much. If he had not been exposed to asbestos we would have had a long life making all the plans we made come true. John was only 19 years old when he was exposed. He worked hard planning for retirement ~ Mesothelioma took him before he was able to enjoy the next phase of his life. I will forever miss my wonderful husband.

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