Posted in September 2012

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 Darryl, as shared by his wife Dianne, who is a part of our ADAO family.

We encourage you to submit your personal story by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

Darryl’s Story

(shared by his wife, Dianne)

Name: Darryl

State: Pennsylvania

Date of 1st Symptoms: 18-DEC-2009

Diagnosis: mesothelioma

Treatment: Pleurectomy, partial pneumonectomy, removal of part of diaphragm and part of pericardiem, numerous chemotherapy treatments

1965 – 2011

How has asbestos changed your life?

Asbestos has DEVASTATED our lives. On Oct 14, 2011, I lost my best friend, my precious husband, and my soul mate, Darryl, to mesothelioma.  He died in my arms after a long courageous battle with mesothelioma. Our 14-year-old twin sons also lost the most important person in their lives.  Darryl was such a beautiful person inside and out. It was such an honor to be his wife. He loved us all so much. He loved God. He just loved life. This has all been such a hard thing for our family to bear.

He was only 46 when he died. I don’t need to tell you all how hard that was. But I am going to continue on his fight in hopes to find a cure so people don’t have to suffer and lose those closest to them. He always wanted to be part of the cure….so I plan on still trying to raise funds and awareness about asbestos-related diseases in hopes to find a cure. We will love you eternally Darryl!

* * *