Posted on September 26, 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 John, as shared by his wife Nancy, 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.

“Vanished Dreams” – John’s Story

Name: John

Location: Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: 07-JUNE-1945

Date of Diagnosis: 05-NOV- 2011

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 25-FEB-2012

How has asbestos changed your life? 

Our dreams of retirement and doing so many things together have vanished. My Grandson misses out as he was only 8 months old when John passed, but I keep his memory alive and tell him he has someone very special watching over him.

Our children hate the disease how it took a very healthy active man and withered him down to nothing. His years working in the shipyard building nuclear submarines took its final toll.

Life is not the same, heartache and emptiness prevail.

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