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Watch empowering personal accounts, insights and tips directly from those with lived experiences of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment, caregiving and daily life with mesothelioma.

Meet Our Survivors and Caregivers

Diagnosed with different mesothelioma types with diverse asbestos exposure stories, such as military, occupational and secondary, our survivors share unique insights.

Pleural Survivor
Carla Fasolo
I had great doctors, great friends and family, our Patient Advocate Karen Selby and a wonderful husband. That helped so, so much, knowing everybody was there for me.
  • Symptom: Back pain
  • Treatment: Chemotherapy & immunotherapy
  • Exposure: Visiting her father at work
Carla's Journey
Carla Fasolo
Peritoneal Survivor
Tamron Little
I didn’t know I needed therapy until I was in therapy. I wasn’t aware of the effects life changes, especially a mesothelioma diagnosis, can have on your mental health.
  • Symptom: Abdominal tumor
  • Treatment: HIPEC
  • Exposure: Unknown
Tamron's Journey
Tamron Little
Pleural Survivor
Michael Cole
Mesothelioma can put us to the test in every way imaginable. It’s important for survivors and caregivers alike to care for your physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • Symptom: Cough and lack of energy
  • Treatment: Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Exposure: Unknown
Michael's Journey
Michael Cole
Pleural Survivor
Kim Madril
I’m grateful I'm still here. I am so happy that I’m still here. Embrace the moment. I’m at the point in my life where things that might have bothered me before don’t.
  • Diagnosis: Following pain in her side
  • Treatment: Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Exposure: Asbestos in her classrooms at school
Kim's Journey
Kim Madril
Caregiver
Jeanette Mednicoff
There were so many things Kim had to do. And so one of the things I said to her was, 'What can I do for you? What can I take off this list? What calls can I make?'
  • Relationship to Patient: Friend
  • Caregiving: Helped with paperwork
  • Support: Connected with Patient Advocates
Jeanette's Journey
Jeanette Mednicoff
Survivor Stories:
Carla Fasolo
Pleural Survivor
Carla Fasolo
Tamron Little
Peritoneal Survivor
Tamron Little
Michael Cole
Pleural Survivor
Michael Cole
Kim Madril
Pleural Survivor
Kim Madril
Jeanette Mednicoff
Caregiver
Jeanette Mednicoff

Mesothelioma Survivors Share Their Stories

Tammy Frank Survivor

25-Year Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survivor Discusses Her Recovery

25 years after being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, Tammy says today she's in overall good health. She also had to battle addiction...

Susan Dickman Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Stays Active at 84 Years Old

Susan is a 12-year survivor of peritoneal mesothelioma. She was diagnosed at the age of 72, which made many doctors question if she could en...

Susan Dickman Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Discusses Her Asbestos Exposure

12-year peritoneal mesothelioma survivor Susan Dickman says she was likely exposed to asbestos through secondary exposure from her father. “...

Epifanio Figueroa Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Talks Asbestos Awareness and Advice

Epifanio Figueroa is an 8-year peritoneal mesothelioma survivor who wasn't aware of the disease until he was diagnosed in 2016. “In my day w...

Susan Dickman Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Enjoys Good Health 12 Years After Surgery

After conducting many interviews with doctors, Susan made the decision to go with surgical oncologist Dr. Edward Levine. “We chose a doctor ...

Raeleen Minchuk Prokopetz Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Discusses Risks and Asbestos Abatement

Raeleen Minchuk Prokopetz was only 36 years old when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. 10 years after her surgery Raeleen is speaking out...

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