In 2016, Alva Pilliod was convinced that his wife, Alberta, died of the same cancer he had suffered – and now the pair are convinced that they both got it from the Rounded weed killer from Monsanto, according to reports of their testimony of Courthouse News Service.
Both Alva and Alberta have testified this week in one of the many ongoing lawsuits against the company that Roundup can cause cancer.
Alva told in tears how Alberta was deteriorating and suffering from non-Hodgkins 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 pair, both of them 76, belong to countless others who want to hold Monsanto responsible for the chemical they think almost killed them.
Their testimony comes when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry publishes a draft of a long-awaited report on glysophate, the chemical that the piliods say they have fallen ill.
Alva and Alberta (left and right) Pilliod have used Roundup for 30 years to treat their properties in California. Only when they both developed non-Hodgkin’s 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 sprayed their properties with Roundup.
They relied on the market-dominating weed killer to keep their lawns neat and weed-free – like countless Americans – for 30 years.
None of the group ever wondered what the blockbuster weed killer could do to people.
They did not suspect Roundup when Alva developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma for eight years.
And not even after Alberta began to feel dizzy and out of balance in the spring of 2015.
Alberta specifically remembers that she delayed visiting 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 matters 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 a doctor’s appointment.
Like Alva, Alberta had the most common form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
But where Alva’s cancer had hit his back and hip, Alberta’s 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 Monsanto trial
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma attacks a form of white blood cells, so it can occur in the lymph nodes or many other parts of the body, including bone, such as the backbone and hip of Alva, or in the brain, as was the case for Alberta.
The type of lymphoma they had both had quickly, and Alberta feared she would not see her 75th birthday.
She survived her first battle with the cancer, but fell back 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 had been moved.
“I thought she meant the mortuary,” he said.
Alberta had survived it after being resurrected the night before, but she was brittle and heartbreaking.
“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 been in remission with her husband, but the cancer has taken its toll. ”
The couple is the latest lawsuit against Roundup maker Monsanto, because a report from the World Health Organization has labeled a chemical in the weed killer, glysophate, a likely carcinogen
At the age of 76 she is weaker than she ever was, the lesions in her brain have permanently impaired her mental function and she told the court that she was ashamed of her uneven course.
“I wiggle everywhere. I am dizzy all the time, I fall a lot. ”
She and Alva finally stopped using Roundup in 2016, but the damage they now attribute to the chemicals was done.
Until then, Alberta even joked with Alva that it could not be dangerous compared to “sugar water.”
“The ads made me feel safe,” she explained.
But when she developed the same cancer he had, Alva started an investigation into every possible cause. He found an article that suggested a link between Roundup and cancer.
He did not spare a moment and immediately took every gram of weed killer in the Pilliod house to a landfill for hazardous waste as soon as he got home.
If he had previously known that Roundup would increase the risk of cancer for himself and Alberta, “I would not have had it on my property,” Alva told the court.
“I wouldn’t want it with me or my family.”