Posted on January 25, 2017

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 Bracy, as shared by his wife Mary Lynne, 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.

“Living With A Time Bomb” – Bracy’s Story

Name: Bracy

Location: Missouri

Date of Birth: 1939

Diagnosis: Asbestosis

Date of Diagnosis: 1985


How has asbestos changed your life? (as shared by his wife, Mary Lynne, unedited)

In 1970 my father-in-law Clarence Borel died of Mesothelioma. The awareness of the danger of asbestos began on that day. After sitting through the Borel trial it was very hard to believe the danger of asbestos had been kept quite for so long, allowing so many deaths. Not only had my husband been exposed since birth, he also was an asbestos worker since he was sixteen. We realized then we had exposed our three children. From then on we were living with a time bomb. We changed our occupations and moved to a rural area. My husband and three of his sisters are now suffering from asbestosis. The diminished lung function has made my husbands fight with cancer even more difficult. I have watched my mother die from asbestosis and my brother-in-law die from mesothelioma. Yes asbestos has changed our lives.

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