Posted on June 29, 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 Joe, shared by his wife, Teba, 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.

“His Death Was Preventable” – Joe’s Story

Name: Joe

Location: Vermont

Date of Birth: 1966

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 2011

Date of Death: 2014

Treatment: Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Naturopathy


How has asbestos changed your life? (Shared by his wife, Teba – unedited)

My husband passed away at the young age of 47 from mesothelioma, something we had never heard of until his diagnosis. Joe spent 3 long years trying to overcome but ultimately his body couldn’t hold out any longer. My anger continues to this day, knowing that his death was preventable. Our four children will never again be able to get fatherly advice, hear Joe’s booming laugh, or share the experience of having him walk them down the aisle at their wedding. Joe’s death and our loss of a great man all because people wanted to make money. Shameful

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