In 2016, Alva Pilliod was sure that his wife, Alberta, died of the same cancer he had suffered – and now the couple is convinced that they both got it from Monsanto & # 39; s Roundup weed killer, according to reports about their testimony from the Courthouse News Service.
Both Alva and Alberta have testified against the company this week in one of the many ongoing lawsuits claiming that Roundup can cause cancer.
Alva told tears about watching Alberta deteriorate and suffer from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma years after he struck the same disease.
Both Alberta and Alva are now in remission – but neither they nor their lives have ever been the same since the cancer attacked their bones or brains.
And now the couple, 76, are among countless others who want to hold Monsanto responsible for the chemical they believe they nearly killed.
Their testimony comes when the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry releases a draft of a long-awaited report on glysophate, the chemical that they thought made the Pilliods sick.
Alva and Alberta (left and right) Pilliod used Roundup to treat their properties in California for 30 years. Only when both developed the non-Hodgkin lymphoma did the couple begin to suspect that the chemical might not be safe
For most of their 50-year marriage, the Pilliods say they have sprayed their properties with Roundup.
They relied on the market-dominated weed killer to keep their lawns neat and weed-free – like countless Americans – for 30 years.
Neither half of the pair ever doubted what the blockbuster weedkiller could do for people.
They did not suspect Roundup when Alva developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma over the course of eight years.
And not even after Alberta began to feel dizzy and out of balance in the spring of 2015.
Alberta in particular remembers delaying seeing her doctor when she first began to feel that spring because she had prepared to travel with her granddaughter to Maui, where her son lived.
She already felt unwell, the flight made it worse, the journey was difficult and exhausting, and on the way home, I felt worse, if that were possible, she told the Supreme Court of Alameda County in California.
As soon as she returned from the trip, Alberta went to Stanford University for an appointment with a doctor.
Like Alva, Alberta had the most common form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But where Alva's cancer had affected his backbone and hip, Alberta had caused lesions in her brain.
Alberta and Alva are now both in remission, but their cancer fights have changed forever and have signed the pair, as they described this week in a lawsuit against Monsanto
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma affects a form of white blood cells so that it can occur in the lymph nodes or in many other parts of the body, including bone, such as Alva's backbone and hip, or in the brain, as is the case was for Alberta.
She type lymphoma that they both grew quickly, and Alberta feared that she would not see her 75th birthday.
She survived her first battle with the cancer and only resumed in 2016.
Alva was terrified and even lost his calm in the stands, according to CNS.
A terrifying miscommunication that Alva believed his wife had died one day and told him she was moved.
& # 39; I thought she meant the morgue, & # 39; he said.
Alberta had survived it after she had been brought back to life the night before, but she was weak and heartbreaking.
& # 39; She had no hair on her head. She just stared at nothing. She didn't know who I was, & Alva told the court.
Now Alberta has joined her husband in remission, but the cancer demanded of her. & # 39;
The pair is the newest suit in a wave against Roundup maker Monsanto since a report from the World Health Organization a chemical in the weedkiller, glysophate, a likely carcinogen
At 76, she is weaker than she once was, the lesions in her brain have permanently impaired her mental function and she told the court that she is ashamed of her uneven gait.
& # 39; I totally wiggle. I am dizzy all the time, I fall a lot. & # 39;
She and Alva have finally stopped using Roundup in 2016, but the damage they are doing to the chemicals is already over.
Until then, Alberta even joked with Alva that it could not be dangerous, compared to & # 39; sugar water & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The ads made me feel safe & # 39 ;, she explained.
But when she got the same cancer he had, Alva started an inquisition about a possible cause. He found an article suggesting a link between Roundup and cancer.
He did not spare a moment and immediately took every gram of the herbicide at the Pilliod home to a landfill for hazardous waste as soon as he got home.
If he had known before that Roundup would increase the risk of cancer for himself and Alberta, & # 39; I would not have had it on my property & # 39 ;, Alva told the court.
& # 39; I would not like to have it with me or my family. & # 39;