Posted on July 14, 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 Sue, as shared by her daughter, Lucie, 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.

“Too Late to Save My Mum” – Sue’s Story

Name: Sue

Sue S UKLocation: United Kingdom

Date of Birth: 1948

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 2014

Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiotherapy. Offered a place on a keytruda trial but became too ill to take part.

Date of Death: 2016

How has asbestos changed your life? (Shared by her daughter, Lucie, unedited)

Mum has always been the centre of our family. Everyone remembers Mums kindness and generosity, her house was always open and there was always room for one more at the table. She had an incredible way with children, particularly young children. Over 30 years in the classroom she taught almost 900 four, five and six year olds. She always said her job was to make children love to come to school, to be curious about the world and confident in themselves.

Mum was so excited about her three grandchildren and they adored her. It’s heartbreaking to think that they have had so little time with her. We are so angry that 7 million school children in the UK are sitting in asbestos schools today. Parents and teachers are being kept in the dark and it’s costing lives. It is too late to save my Mum but I promised her that I would do my best to make sure no-one else had to suffer like she did so we started a petition to get asbestos removed from all UK schools by 2028.  Please sign her Protect Our Children and Teachers from Asbestos Exposure at School petition.

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