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 Shirley, as shared by her daughter Jenny, 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.

“Continue on Each Day” – Shirley’s Story

Name: Shirley

Location: California

Date of Birth: 01-AUG-1957

Date of Diagnosis: NOV-2014

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 20-AUG-2015

How has asbestos changed your life? 

Asbestos has changed my life by taking my mom from myself and my family. My family and I were robbed of having my mother there for all the different milestones and memories that are still to come. My kids have to learn how to live without their grandma, someone who has been there since they were born and was a very huge, important part of their life. The cancer that asbestos causes is something that could have been prevented, instead it’s killing people and breaking the hearts of families all over the world. This devastation has brought me into a community of amazing, strong and dedicated people. God has shown me along with These people how to remain strong during my loss and continue on each day. I will miss my mom for the rest of my life and a piece of my heart will forever be missing.

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