Posted on September 26, 2015

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 James, as shared by his granddaughter Kimberly, 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.

“”A Thief in the Night” – James’ StoryDoc

Name: James Ernest “Doc”

Location: Tennessee, USA

Date of Birth: 29-JAN-1925

Date of Diagnosis: 01-DEC- 2004

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 19-MAR-2005

How has asbestos changed your life? 

My Grandfather meant so much to so many & carried several nicknames. To his family he was “Pete”, to his buddies in his army days he was “Camel”, to his co-workers & friends he was “Doc”, to his brothers & sisters in Christ at church he was “The Greeter”, but to me he was the Best Grandfather & one of finest men to have ever walked. The day that changed my world forever is the day that Mesothelioma devastatingly came in swiftly like a thief in the night & captured his life. Words can not tell of the sorrow & pain that is left in the place where he once stood but one thing I can express is that, missed & loved deeply, my Greatest Hero is now the Reflection of an Angel. Though Mesothelioma may have stolen him from this life, it will never take him from my heart. Always in his loving memory !

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