Posted on October 22, 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 Lonnie, as shared by his daughter Crystal, 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.

Untitled“The Only Comfort We Have Is Knowing He Did Not Suffer At The End” – Lonnie’s Story

Name: Lonnie

Location: Arkansas

Date of Birth: MAY 1953

Date of Diagnosis: MAY 2014

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 03-OCT-2014

How has asbestos changed your life?

My dad was & is my hero he always will be. He was a great man. I guess in a way he was lucky he didn’t suffer needlessly with his mesothelioma. He became dehydrated from his chemo & was admitted to the hospital in tues sept 30th with kidney failure from being dehydrated he was placed on a ventilator in thurs oct 2nd because he was having trouble breathing. They had him completely sedated. They told us our only hope was kidney dialysis due. He made it 15 mins in the dialysis machine & then went into cardiac arrest. He was heavily sedated so he never any of it. The only comfort we have is knowing he did not suffer at the end. He will be missed everyday by myself, my 2 sisters our wonderful mother & his 4 grandchildren.

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