Posted on July 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 Martha, shared by her daughter, Karen, 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 Pray No Other Family Goes Though This” – Martha’s Story

Name: Martha

Location: New Hampshire

Date of Birth: 1950

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 2015

Date of Death: 2015

Treatment: Radiation only. She was seen by Dr. Bueno in Boston but died 5 weeks and 6 days after diagnosis.

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

Mesothelioma has forever changed my life and my children’s life. My mom was diagnosed on Friday the 13th 2015. She died May 12th 20015. I will never forget the doctor face after he gave me the biopsy news. His first words were I am sorry. My mom was 64 very active. Volunteered over 20 years to the historical Society and cancer Society. She raised over 50,000 for the American Cancer Society. She lived to help others even though my mother was very poor. I was robbed. It’s heartbreaking to see the damage mesothelioma does to a person’s body soul and family. I wish so badly to hear her touch her or kiss her once more. I pray no other family goes through this hell. I pray awareness and compassion spreads so asbestos can be stopped. That’s what my mother would want me to do help others.

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