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.

Tim Crisler

Tim Crisler

Survivor

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 [...]

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Alyssa Hankus

Alyssa Hankus

Survivor

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 [...]

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Judy Goodson

Judy Goodson

Survivor

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 [...]

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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.

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Lorraine Kember

Caregiver

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 [...]

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Mesothelioma survivor Jim Madaris

Jim Madaris

Survivor

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 [...]

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Mesothelioma survivor Yvette King

Yvette King

Survivor

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 [...]

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Cindy Christopher

Cindy Christopher

Survivor

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 [...]

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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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Chris Gibney

Chris Gibney

Survivor

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 [...]

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Russell Lamkins and his wife, Sandi

Russell Lamkins

Survivor

Russell Lamkins is in a race against time, hoping to finish the extensive renovation of his waterfront home in southwest Florida before pleural mesothelioma closes the door. He [...]

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Diana Saunders with daughter Rowena

Diana Saunders

Survivor

Mesothelioma survivor Diana Saunders works out at her local YMCA for at least an hour most days, stretching, walking, lifting and sweating. She travels, dances and laughs. She [...]

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Karen Frantz with her daughter

Karen Frantz

Survivor

Karen Frantz met her peritoneal mesothelioma cancer diagnosis in 2015 with little emotion. “I’m already a survivor. The diagnosis didn’t really faze me as much,” she [...]

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