Posted on February 12, 2016

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 Rudy, as told by his daughter Holly 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.

“I Really Miss My Dad” – Rudolph’s Story

Name: Rudolph “Rudy”

Location: Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: AUG-1932

Date of Diagnosis:  DEC-1984

Diagnosis: Asbestosis

Treatment: No radiation or chemo. It was too late to do anything.

Date of Death: SEP-2007

How has asbestos changed your life? Shared by his daughter, Holly (unedited)

My handsome Dad started working at the age of 18. Dad was a laborer at the asbestos pipe plant in Ambler for Keasbey & Mattison (1951-1962 -except for his 2 years in the service in WW II) and then Certainteed (1962-1982), only being provided with a respirator at work during his last 15 years of employment. He always came home with dust on his work clothing, so my Mother, my brother and I were all exposed. Every March, he had a full physical and chest x-rays as required by his employer. He was in tremendous pain in his abdomen and he suffered awfully. I really miss my Dad.

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