Posted on April 8, 2016

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 Arthur as shared by himself, 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.

“I’m Currently on 17 Medications” – Arthur’s Story

Name: Arthur

Location: South Carolina, US

Date of Birth: FEB-1945

Date of Diagnosis: 1988

Diagnosis: Asbestosis

Treatment: Breath reduction surgery, lung cancer surgery and chemo treatments.

How has asbestos changed your life?  (Shared by himself)

I was forced to retire at 43 years old. My income has dropped beyond belief. I had to fight for Social Security Disability check for 5 years. My wife has passed away while I’m still fighting. I’m currently on approximately 17 medicines. Before that was on 2 liters oxygen at night to sleep since Dec 1993. I also now have to have 2 liters oxygen when I do morning walk at the mall.

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