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My husband died in December 2014 after fighting a really tough battle against lung cancer. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2014 and later in September 2014, he had developed bilateral pleural plaques. Lewis developed this disease after serving the US Navy for several years between 1958 and 1964 as airman and mess cook at Monterey in San Diego. Also, after being discharged, he worked for more than a decade as an outside machinist at a company called NASSCO where he was involved in ship repair, which could have exposed him furthermore to the toxic asbestos fibers.
Lewis did not improve with chemotherapy for over two months and due to his decreasing kidney functions, his asbestos claim was expedited by Environmental Litigation Group.