Every one of our mesothelioma clients is unforgettable to us at Kazan Law. Each client is unique with their own story to tell. Even after many years of experience in asbestos litigation, we remember and cherish each of the lives that briefly touched ours before being cruelly extinguished by mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease. We also get to know their families as we help them through this sad and difficult time and always appreciate it when they stay in touch with us.
I was especially pleased when Kazan Law client Debbie Clemmons, the wife of mesothelioma victim Randy Brady Clemmons, approached me this past summer about writing a chapter for her new book about her family’s experience with mesothelioma. Now I am proud to announce that her book has been published. “In His Grace, Grappling with Mesothelioma: The Randy Brady Story” is now out in paperback. It is available on Amazon where it also can be downloaded in a Kindle edition. And she kindly credits me as a co-author.
My first introduction to the Clemmons family came in 1982, when I helped Randy’s mother Juanita Clemmons win a settlement for the asbestos-caused death of Randy’s father Johney Clemmons in 1981. Randy’s father unknowingly worked with asbestos for 30 years in an Emeryville insulation factory. This exposure took his life as well as Randy’s who developed malignant mesothelioma from inhaling the fibers brought home on his father’s work clothes. So I feel I have walked this journey with this brave family and was glad to participate in helping Debbie write this book.
At 264 pages, Debbie’s book covers the progression of Randy’s mesothelioma from the beginning of his treatment in 2007 to his death at age 54 in 2009.
“On the pages of this book is our story of how we grappled with mesothelioma. I have a day by day; play by play experience of what we went through. There is also a lot of information on pain management,” Debbie explains in her book jacket text.
The Clemmons family members are deeply religious Christians – Randy was the morning host on KFAX, a San Francisco-based Christian radio station. He also hosted the Christian Fellowship days with the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. Debbie’s book also recounts how her family’s faith and spiritual beliefs helped them through this experience with grace and strength.
But it is also about how they were uplifted by the caring shown to them by other people. “When the terminal diagnosis was given to us, we were showered by the goodness of the people in the community. Over two hundred people came to our rescue by acts of kindness, meals, financial help and prayer. True acts of love and grace,” she states.
As for my part, Debbie asked me to write the chapter in her book called “How to Choose an Asbestos Attorney.” In it, I explain why choosing an asbestos attorney is the most important financial decision you will ever make, why you should not limit your choice of attorney to those with offices nearby and how to spot a fake asbestos attorney website. I hope you will take the opportunity to read it.