In this TEDx Talks video, Linda Reinstein talks about her husband’s journey with pleural mesothelioma and what spurred her into becoming an activist and advocate for the disease.
Linda’s husband, Alan, went to doctors with two symptoms: a persistent cough and unexplained weight loss. He was finally diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003 after undergoing nine months of various tests. A year later, Linda founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) where she’s still an executive director. The foundation helps people who are suffering from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Linda explains that she got the idea to start the foundation from her 11-year-old daughter, who said that she wanted to go to Washington to speak to her Senators about how difficult it was watching her father suffer from mesothelioma.
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