Sometimes it takes a tragic first-person account of a disease or illness for its severity to sink in.
The story of a husband in the Sydney Morning Herald laid bare the heartbreaking reality of silicosis.
The report starts with how his wife couldn’t be consoled for weeks when she was told he had been diagnosed with the incurable lung disease.
It’s those kinds of raw details that put you in another person’s shoes and hammers home the terrible reality of the disease.
The report also lays bare the frank conversation with his doctor when the diagnosis was made.
The doctor asked him whether he had his affairs in order because death is the only outcome of going to the progressive stage.
The story describes how silicosis, linked to engineered stone commonly used for kitchen benchtops, is caused and can be exacerbated by tiny particles of crystalline silica entering the lungs.
It highlights how an independent federal government taskforce on dust diseases recommended more monitoring of breathable silica, better checks on workers’ health, extra money for regulators to ensure employers were abiding by health and safety rules and tougher standards.
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