Have you been affected by asbestos exposure and are now dealing with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestos? Do you have a friend or family member who is fighting this illness or has fallen victim to an asbestos-related disease? You are not alone.
Thousands of people are impacted by diseases related to asbestos exposure, and every story matters. By sharing your experience of how you or someone you love has been affected by asbestos exposure, you can join together with other people like you to find strength, hope and comfort within this heartbreaking situation.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization strives to raise awareness on the risks of asbestos exposure and the diseases linked to it. ADAO prides itself as the “voice of the victims” and provides a place of camaraderie for mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease patients, friends and family to come together to support the cause and each other.
One way ADAO strives to support people impacted by asbestos is through encouraging individuals to “Share Your Story.”
It is easy to participate in “Share Your Story.” Just visit the ADAO website, click on “Share Your Story” and answer the question “How has asbestos changed your life” and submit a photo of yourself.
However, to protect your privacy and any legal actions you may have pending, please remember not to share any confidential information. If you’re uncertain about what is safe to share, just ask. We suggest you not include your last name, birth date or other identifying information.
ADAO has already collected over fifty stories from patients, their spouses and families. Now, the organization is moving beyond the online stories with plans to compile those stories into a book entitled, "Shared Stories: How Asbestos Changed Our Lives."
Everyone who submits their story by March 1 will be included in the book which will be distributed during the upcoming ADAO conference March 22-24. The book will also be available online at a later date.
By submitting your mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease story on the ADAO website, you can join the community and contribute to raising asbestos exposure awareness. Simply visit the ADAO site and fill out the form to share your story with other people like you. If you would like to read the stories of others, browse through a collection of published “Share Your Story” features here.
To learn more about ADAO and its upcoming conference titled “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment,” view our previous blog post that discusses details on the conference agenda and how to register. The Simmons Firm is proud to be the longest consecutive supporter of ADAO and a platinum sponsor of the event.