These strong men and women pushed the limits of their endurance and lived years beyond their prognosis. Their resilience and stories of hope serve as a testament to others who will follow their path of survival.
Chuck Gast’s daily work commute consists of a half-mile walk to and from his home in Toledo, Ohio. It’s something he’s done since joining Yark Automotive Group in 2007. [...]Read Chuck's Story
Gene Hartline was ready to concede after doctors at a highly rated, big-city cancer center told him there was little they could do for his advanced-stage mesothelioma. His [...]Read Gene's Story
Every year, peritoneal mesothelioma survivor Trina West-Clark takes a trip to the casino to have a few cocktails with friends and celebrate another year of living [...]Read Trina's Story
Licensed mental health counselor Dana Nolan discusses topics crucial to mesothelioma survivors, their loved ones and caregivers in a monthly online support group.
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Discover the stories of mesothelioma survivors across the nation who defied the odds by trying new cancer treatments, keeping their faith alive, traveling and spending quality time with family and other loved ones.
Pleural mesothelioma isn’t an issue for Tim Crisler anymore. Aggressive surgery that removed a lung and major parts of his diaphragm 15 years ago eliminated the cancer that [...]Read Tim's Story
Diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma at age 15, Alyssa Hankus’ adolescence was anything but normal. She missed nearly her entire freshman year of high school and spent [...]Read Alyssa's Story
Judy Goodson met her mesothelioma diagnosis with uncommon optimism. Instead of focusing on the prognosis or worst case scenario, she thoroughly researched the rare cancer. She [...]Read Judy's Story
Mesothelioma is a cruel disease. As I watched it slowly rob my fit and healthy 52-year-old husband, Brian, of everything he had loved about his life — including the simple [...]Read Lorraine's Story
John Conway, a 19-year Navy veteran, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in July 2012. Surgery to remove the lining around his affected lung, and nine rounds of chemotherapy helped him survive. John walks daily to stay active and looks forward to spending more time fishing. “I've got a lot more living to do,” he says. “A lot more fish to catch.”Read John's Story
Patricia Powell Hargrett learned she had peritoneal mesothelioma in October 2012, and the news shocked her family. As she recovered from surgery and chemotherapy, she received much support from family, friends and neighbors. Now she travels again, gardens and spends time with loved ones. She reminds others with mesothelioma, “Take it one day at a time, moment by moment. We are not in this alone.”Read Patricia's Story
Mesothelioma survivor Jim Madaris doesn't worry about tomorrow anymore. He is too busy enjoying today, savoring triumphs large and small. He already has won this [...]Read Jim's Story
Cancer survivor Yvette King was not about to take a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis sitting down. As an avid runner, she credits her survivorship to exercise, God and becoming her [...]Read Yvette's Story
In one of their last conversations before her 10-hour operation, Cindy Christopher and Dr. James Pingpank talked about roller coasters. She was determined to ride again. He [...]Read Cindy's Story
Four years after his pleural mesothelioma diagnosis, Chris Gibney started building the home he always wanted. That’s confidence. This month — 12 years after his diagnosis [...]Read Chris's Story