Posted in January 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 “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of Charles as told through his daughter, Annemarie, 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.


Charles’ Story

(shared by his daughter, Annemarie)

Name: Charles

State: Florida

Date of Diagnosis: 8-9-2010

Diagnosis: Pleural mesothelioma

Treatment: chemotherapy

1926 – 2011

How has Asbestos changed your life? (unedited):

As I sit here to try to compose this, how I miss my Dad. My Dad was a strong and loving man. He never complained about anything. Even when he was sick and knew he was going to pass on to the other life, he was always thinking about his family. With my Dad passing away this disease has changed my life.

My Dad had his share of illness in his lifetime, but to see an 85 year old who loved to work around the yard, or either building something with his hammer be brought down to someone who had to struggle to fight. When he was first diagnosed he had operations to help him, went thru Chemo and then we were all told that the Chemo was not working any more. My Dad passed away 2 months ago to the date as I am writing this. We all need to find a cure. I made a promise to him that I would try to do this so no other person had to go thru what he went thru. I know that my Dad is now at peace. I had the pleasure of being his caretaker thru it all. It was the best job that I ever had in my lifetime, to take care of someone you love.