Posted on April 13, 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 Sally, as shared by herself, 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 Try to Appreciate Life More” – Sally’s Story

Sally TeahanName: Sally

Location: Kansas, US

Date of Birth: JAN-1960

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: FEB-2015

Treatment: Pleurectomy Decortication; removal of pleura,

pericardium, one rib and half my diaphragm

How has asbestos changed your life? (Shared by herself, unedited)

In February of 2015 I was a normal person just going about the business of living. After experiencing shortness of breath I went to the doctors and after many tests was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. To say the least this was devastating news and I was absolutely terrified. Luckily I was blessed with great doctors and was referred to Dr. Sugarbaker in Houston. After many more tests, It was determined that I was a candidate for the surgery to remove my pleura, half my diaphragm and part of my pericardium. I underwent surgery in Houston in April of 2015. I also had 4 rounds of chemo. I am so far cancer free.

My life has changed in so many ways -both good and bad. I still have pain, my endurance is not where it used to be and I require a lot more sleep. But my outlook for long term survival is excellent. I try to appreciate life more. My relationships with friends, children and my husband have grown closer. I thank God every day for a quick diagnosis and the expertise of many doctors. I realized during my illness and recovery how blessed I was to be surrounded by so many good friends and a loving family. I lonely hope I will be able to help others by sharing my story.

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