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I was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2012 when I was 63 years old. I didn’t really know anything about this disease when my doctor began to explain how he had never seen a patient with this rare cancer before. 

It was at that point that I knew I had to take the initiative to learn everything I could about this disease. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look for too long on my own. Within my first month of research, I discovered the Patient Advocates at The Mesothelioma Center at

The support and information I received helped to remove many of the questions I was left with after my initial diagnosis. With their guidance, I was able to gain access to top specialists where I received cutting-edge treatment.

Most mesothelioma patients live with a grim prognosis, but I’m proud to say that I recently celebrated seven years as a mesothelioma survivor. Because this cancer is so rare, and the help I received so genuine, I have since made it my mission to help educate others by sharing my story. While hard sometimes, I feel it’s important to share my journey as a way to hopefully inspire other mesothelioma survivors. 

You can read my blog and learn more about the rest of my journey here:

Connecting with The Mesothelioma Center has allowed me to share my story with others and shine some light on a dark disease. And I’m eager to share it with anyone willing to listen.

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