Posted on August 8, 2019

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 Vicky, shared by her daughter, Abby, 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.

“This Stupid Cancer Took Her Life” – Vicky’s Story

Name: Vicky

Location: Minnesota

Date of Birth: 10/31/1961

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 02/01/2013

Treatment: Surgery and chemo and radiation

Date of Death: 08/05/2019

How has asbestos changed your life? (Shared by Abby, unedited)

It has turned my mom’s and mine life upside down. My mom has suffered in pain for 6 years. She never complained though. We, me and my mom and my grandma, all moved out to Boston for a month and a half back in 2013. My mom had surgery to remove the cancer. She was clear for 4 years. It then took her life in under 2 years. We were told on June 26th she had to go into hospice because she had “months” and this stupid cancer took her life in 5 weeks. I’m left with the house and bills I’m not sure how to pay. I am only 28 and I just it married and I’m very thankful she was able to walk me down the aisle on June 1st. I thank her doctors for giving me those 6 years with her.