In 2016, Alva Pilliod was sure his wife, Alberta, was dying of the same cancer he had suffered - and now the pair is convinced they both got it from Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, according to reporting on their testimony from Courthouse News Service.
Both Alva and Alberta testified against the company this week in one of the many ongoing lawsuits claiming that Roundup may cause cancer.
Alva tearfully recounted watching Alberta deteriorate and suffer from non-Hodgkins lymphoma years after he'd beaten the same disease.
Both Alberta and Alva are in remission now - but neither they nor their lives have ever been the same since the cancer attacked their bones or brains.
And now the pair, both 76, are among countless others that want to hold Monsanto accountable for the chemical they believe nearly killed them.
Their testimony comes as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry releases a draft of a highly-anticipated report on glysophate, the chemical the Pilliods say sickened them.
Alva and Alberta (left and right) Pilliod used Roundup to treat their properties in California for 30 years. It wasn't until they both developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that the pair began to suspect the chemical might not be safe
For the better part of their 50 years of marriage, the Pilliods say they sprayed their properties with Roundup.
They relied on the market-dominating weedkiller to keep their lawns tidy and weed-free - as did countless Americans - for 30 years.
Neither half of the couple ever questioned what the blockbuster weedkiller might do to humans.
They didn't suspect Roundup when Alva developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma over eight years go.
And not even after Alberta started feeling dizzy and off balance, in the spring of 2015.
Alberta specifically recalls putting off seeing her doctor when she first started to feel off that spring, because she'd been preparing to travel with her granddaughter to Maui, where her son lived.
She was already feeling unwell, the flight made matters worse, the trip was difficult and draining and 'on the way home, I felt worse, if that was possible,' she told the Superior Court of Alameda County in California.