Posted on May 6, 2015

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 Sara, 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.

“Someone Pulled the Emergency Brake!” – Sara’s Story

Name: Sarasarah

State: France

Date of Birth: OCT 1967

Date of Diagnosis: APRIL 2013

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

How has asbestos changed your life?

How has asbestos changed my life in a sentence? “Someone pulled the emergency brake!”. Life as I knew it came to a screeching halt the day I was told I had mesothelioma. My immediate fear was for my family. How would my boys, my husband cope with this tragic news? How could I protect them from the pain and terror of such a diagnosis? Shock turned to fear and then to despair.

Life for all of us will never be the same. Now that my initial treatment is behind us, we’ve learned to live with uncertainty and cherish each and every day.

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