For 18 years, my husband and I would go out on a date once a month. We’d wander through downtown, do our grocery shopping and then go out for a nice dinner at a restaurant. When he got too weak to walk far, he would sit in the car while I shopped. Eventually, he was too weak to even leave the house, and I would call him on his cellphone and talk to him while I did the groceries. My husband died of mesothelioma in December of 2011.
On Monday [April 4, 2016], Maine legislators will vote on a bill, LD 1181, that would devastate the civil rights of Mainers who are suffering from mesothelioma. The bill would prevent families like ours from holding the company responsible for exposing our loved one to asbestos accountable, as long as the company was later acquired by another company. It’s a bailout, and it would do nothing to help victims like my late husband. And it would shift the burdens of asbestos disease to the victims and social service providers in Maine. I can’t help but think of how outraged my husband would be that this bill is even being considered.
For years my husband suffered with debilitating pain, needing numerous trips to the hospital. Fluid had to be drained from his lungs twice; the second time the fluid was too thick to even go through the needle. It wasn’t until 2011, the day of our anniversary, that doctors suspected he had mesothelioma and did the biopsy that confirmed it was mesothelioma.
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