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Monday, October 14, 2013

Asbestos Can Take Your Breath Away, Forever

Today's post was shared by Linda Reinstein and comes from

The time is now for the Senate to unanimously support the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act (S.847). We need to do more to protect our children from BPAs, fire retardants and other dangerous toxins in our world.

What many don’t realize is that asbestos is still legal and lethal in theUnited States, tragically impacting families. I know because it happened to us.

I remember the day when my husband AlanAlan Was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma as if it were yesterday.  We had never heard of mesothelioma, and we were devastated when we learned that there is no cure.  Our daughter was only ten years old when we began our arduous family battle to fight mesothelioma and work with Congress To ban asbestos.

Alan, an avid marathon runner, transformed into an invalid within just a few years. The average lifespan of a person with mesothelioma is only 9 months.

Courageously, Alan battled mesothelioma, which entailed radical surgeries and chemotherapy in hopes of more time with his family. He spent his last year tethered to oxygen 24 hours a day as mesothelioma tortuously ravaged his body. As a result of asbestos exposure,Alan died three years after diagnosis with our then 13-year-old-daughter and me by his side.

Fueled by my intense grief, I turned my anger into action by co-founding the Asbestos...
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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.