Bob Gentles and Paul Douglas hail from different cities, diverse backgrounds and separate generations, but they share a singular, harsh reality: both live with mesothelioma, a lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres and, more often than not, a death sentence.
Diagnosed with the disease two years ago, Gentles, now 75, was exposed during the 1970s and '80s while working as a ship's engineer along the B.C. coast.
Douglas, only 55, was exposed during his early days as a construction boilermaker in pulp mills and oil refineries throughout B.C. and Alberta. One of the longest living survivors of the disease, Douglas learned from doctors 10 years ago last February he only had months to live. So far, Gentles and Douglas have beaten the odds. Most don't.
" Use all the available protection you
can, because if you don't, it'll bite
you in the ass down the road.
Asbestos is a killer."
- Paul Douglas, mesothelioma survivor