Real life stories

The following real life stories are from trades and maintenance workers and their families who have suffered the devastating effects caused by exposure to asbestos.

Dave Ford

Dave Ford

It was fate that brought Lesley Ford and her husband Dave together. Dave had been the boyfriend of her best friend, June. When that didn’t work out and Dave came calling, romance blossomed — romance that led to a life together, children, and grandchildren. Over the years, life together naturally had its ups and downs. But there was nothing that could have prepared Lesley and her family for Dave's June 2007 diagnosis with mesothelioma, a terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos...

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Glen Godden

Glen Godden

With more than 50 years in his trade - which included working directly with asbestos - Glen Godden tells his story, a first-hand account of how he discovered he had asbestosis (a respiratory disease brought on by inhaling asbestos fibres), some of the symptoms he’s experienced and the steps he’s taken...

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Anne Gerard

Anne Gerard

At just over 100 pounds, Anne Gerard was a tiny woman but mighty in spirit. She loved her family, tennis, and animals — especially dogs. Her son, Brett Hyslop, laughs as he says she must have boarded most of the dogs in Victoria, the place she called home, at some point or another. Anne was only 68 when she passed away of cancer related to asbestos and mesothelioma on December 26, 2010...

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Jim Casselman

Jim Casselman

On October 7, 2005, Jim Casselman, his wife Erica and two sons, Ivan and Graham, received some unexpected and shattering news - that Jim had mesothelioma. It was news that would hurl the family into emotional turmoil, profound fear, and a journey that would, as they all knew, lead to losing Jim...

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Paul Douglas

Paul Douglas

Boilermaker. Husband. Father. Brother. Fighter. Words used to describe Paul Douglas, initially given only three to six months to live when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Paul would go on to live and fight for more than a decade, serving as an inspiration to others and raising awareness about the impact of asbestos...

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Trevor Parkes

Trevor Parkes

When looking at her life, Patricia Parkes never would have expected that her vocabulary would include words like asbestos, mesothelioma, and cancer. But these words became all too familiar when, in December 2001, her husband Trevor was diagnosed with cancer caused by mesothelioma and asbestos...

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