Posted in October 2011

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 Michael.

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.


(shared by his daughter, Andrea)

Name: Michael

State: Wisconsin

Date of 1st Symptoms: 28-JUL-2009

Date of Diagnosis: 22-NOV-2007

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

1949 – 2009

Treatment: My dad’s left lung was removed on Thanksgiving Day 2007. After months of recovery at 9,000 feet in the thin air of the mountains of Colorado where he had retired just one year prior, he began radiation – driving to the clinic three times a week, three hours round trip for months. Then came chemo. After the cancer came back, my parents moved back to their home state of Wisconsin where we were all born and raised. My dad did a series of chemo treatments until his death last July.

How has Asbestos changed your life? (unedited):

It’s too soon to tell at this point.