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Created Mon 6/03/2017, Last Updated Mon 6/03/2017

Keith Stoddart: The grim and crippling reality of living with Black Lung

"It's been one-and-a-half years since I was diagnosed with Black Lung.

Looking back on my last photo my wife said look how much I have aged.

I see myself in the mirror every day but didn't notice how far I have gone down hill. I'm coughing up blood most days now and can hardly carry a small pot plant.

Most doctors don't understand this disease.

Workplaces don't want to know. Black Lung victims are put on the surface out of sight.

Workcover doesn't recognize this disease.

Victims have lost their jobs and homes with no money coming in.

How many more workers are going to be diagnosed with Black Lung and how many have slipped though the cracks?

It's time we got together and started to yell and scream until there is a concerted effort to eradicate this crippling and deadly disease from our mines."

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Keith Stoddart
Retired miner
Black Lung Disease victim
18 months since diagnosis

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