Interviews With Survivors

Wall Of Hope

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Featured Mesothelioma Survivors

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.

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Lorraine Kember


More than 17 years have passed since I learned the life I shared with my husband Brian was coming to an end because of mesothelioma. Time has not dimmed my memory of that sad [...]

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Peritoneal mesothelioma survivor Beth Mixon and her family

Beth Mixon


Beth Mixon believes God kept her around this long for good reason, a purpose just now coming into focus. Mixon is a miraculous, 16-year survivor of peritoneal mesothelioma. She [...]

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Kasie Coleman


It's been more than a month after a record 6.9 trillion gallons of rain — enough to fill 10.4 million Olympic-size swimming pools — pounded Louisiana for an entire [...]

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Mesothelioma Support Group

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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More Stories of Hope

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.

UK mesothelioma survivor Mavis Nye with her husband Ray

Mavis Nye


As part of my personal healing process, I joined a U.K. Facebook group for people who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. Having lost my father in 1993, I still have strong [...]

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Walter Merth and his wife Clara

Walter Merth


Mesothelioma survivor Walter Merth brought 10 fishing poles and enough tackle to catch every bass in Black Lake, taking his unbridled optimism to the family’s late-summer [...]

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Al Moylan on his Harley-Davidson

Al Moylan


Last month, pleural mesothelioma survivor Al Moylan left home one afternoon on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, joining family and friends for the 120-mile, back roads ride to [...]

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Melanie Ball


As a counseling student, I am intrigued with the inner workings of the human mind. The strength and resilience of the human species — even in the face of death — fascinates [...]

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John'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.”

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Patricia'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.”

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Don Berlin and his wife Sharon

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Mesothelioma survivor Don Berlin just doesn’t sit very well, living instead by the words of wisdom his doctor said two days after his aggressive surgery — "Don't stop [...]

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Ellis Gill with his grandson

Ellis Gill


Mesothelioma survivor Ellis Gill never felt so good about a round of golf. There were no thunderous drives, no long birdie putts and not many pars along the way, but he walked [...]

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Andy Ashcraft and his wife Ruth at Relay For Life

Andy Ashcraft


Mesothelioma survivor Andy Ashcraft unexpectedly took on the role of caregiver Sunday morning when his wife and caregiver, Ruth Ashcraft, collapsed at an American Cancer Society [...]

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Linda Chitwood with her husband and mesothelioma survivor Lannie Chitwood

Linda Chitwood


Linda Chitwood is one of the unsung heroes, an often forgotten warrior in the horror of asbestos-related cancer. She is a caregiver, a life she was dealt almost nine years ago [...]

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