Posted in February 2012

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a common bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the new “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the stories of a family that has been tremendously affected by asbestos. Laura, who is a part of our ADAO family, has bravely offered to share their stories.

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.

Laura’s Story

(shared by Laura’s family)

Name: Laura

State: Montana

How has Asbestos changed your life? (unedited):
I share this story not for me, but for four generations (20+) members of my family, the youngest just seven; and the thousands of families in Libby, Montana; and all Americans across the United States.  For decades, the asbestos of Libby, Montana was mined, shipped, and processed across our nation for distribution to manufactures for use in their products.

Libby, Montana, a Beautiful Town with Beautiful People, now under the declared 2009 Asbestos Exposure Health Emergency.

My next to Eldest brother: Diagnosed with Asbestosis, with kidney removal, my mother: diagnosed with breast cancer, has had a Double Mastectomy. My eldest brother: diagnosed with cancer, deceased. Sadly, this is just the beginning.

Thousands of families in Libby, for generations to come, will continue to be diagnosed from the asbestos exposure.