Posted on September 24, 2014

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 Marlyn, 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.

“Pain from Something Everyday” – Marlyn’s Story 

Name: Marlyn1794538_10152376547208313_1306133903_n

Location: Maryland

Date of Birth: 20-MARCH-1953

Date of Diagnosis: 05-MAY-2000

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

How has asbestos changed your life? 

I didn’t know what asbestos was let alone what mesothelioma was. I soon found out . This is a cancer that I shouldn’t have had. They were putting asbestos in the school in the summer break. I live a block or two away from the school so I played at the school. That is one of the ways I was around asbestos. Now I am happy to be alive, so many others aren’t. But I can’t go walking up the stairs like I did in the past. I get very winded easy as I have part of one of my lungs removed. Five ribs are gone. Pain from something every day. Chemo is hard on the body as you know. I take good care of myself. Don’t go around anyone that is sick. A cold puts me in bed for days. What hurts is the companies knew asbestos causes Cancer. I didn’t have to get sick at all. I wish for a cure, for everyone.

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