Posted on September 26, 2015

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 daughter Jayne, 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 a Fantastic Husband, Dad, and Granddad” – John’s Story
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Name: John

Location: England

Date of Birth: 04-MAR-1933

Date of Diagnosis: 03-MAY- 2009

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 21-SEP-2009

How has asbestos changed your life? 

My lovely dad was a family man who lived his life for my mum my 3 siblings and his grandchildren .when he was 15 he had a job in a furniture factory and my dads job was to cut slabs of asbestos to fit bathroom furniture ,when he was 18 he joined the army. my dad lived a very healthy lifestyle he didn’t drink or smoke and walked everywhere .our world fell apart when on 5th march 2009 he was diagnosed with mesothelioma after a short illness .doctors gave him 12-18 months to live but he only lived 6 months and passed away on 21ST sept 2009 ,10 weeks before my mum and dads 50th wedding anniversary .life will never be the same we all miss him so much and feel we were robbed of a fantastic husband dad and Granddad who we adored so much and he cherished us in return .

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