Posted on June 11, 2021
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 Tamron who is 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.
Year of Birth: 1986
Diagnosis: Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Date of Diagnosis: 6-JUN-2007
Treatment: HIPEC surgery
How has asbestos changed your life? (Unedited)
Asbestos has definitely changed my life in a major way. To be honest I had never heard of asbestos until the year of 2007 when I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma at the young age of 21.
Did I mention I was pregnant while I had this cancer but I was misdiagnosed? Initially I was told I had a fibroid tumor, but in turn it was peritoneal Mesothelioma. After I had my son I had the HIPEC surgery which is an aggressive form of treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma.
So the question how has asbestos changed my life? It gave me peritoneal Mesothelioma! Getting more clarity about what mesothelioma is gave me a sense of relief about the thoughts that I had thinking that my body created this cancer out of nowhere. I contracted this cancer from something in particular – asbestos. My next thoughts were, “Well, what in the world is asbestos, and when was I around it?”
Till this day I still don’t know the exact moment I was in contact with it. I’m just grateful that I’m alive and well and can share my story with the world!
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