Posted on January 7, 2018

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 Thomas, shared by his daughter, Amanda, 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.

“He Was In A Lot Of Pain” – Thomas’ Story

Name: Thomas

Location: Florida

Date of Birth: 09/25/1949

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 09/25/2018

Treatment: He had the lining of his lung removed and had 33 ounces of fluid drained

Date of Death: 11/27/2018

How has asbestos changed your life? (Shared by Amanda, unedited)

My dad worked in the mine for 31 years and was exposed all the time. He brought the dust particles home with him and exposed his children to it. I’ve had surgery on my neck thinking that I had Sarcoidosis also. My father was diagnosed in September 2018 and passed away 2 months later. He was in a lot of pain and deteriorated quickly.