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.

Jim Dykstra
Survivor
Jim Dykstra has good reason – a lot of good reasons – to fall into the woe-is-me, gloom-and-doom trap that often engulfs those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a rare ca[…]
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Jim Huff
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Jim Huff has taken his bucket list to another level, resuming his lifelong passion for speed. Cancer remission never felt like this before. Since being diagno[…]
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Col. Doug Thomas
Survivor
Col. Doug Thomas, 45, currently serves as chief of operations for the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team at the Fort Sill (Oklahoma) Army Base. He was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in May and underwent extensive treatment that included aggressive surgery at the Baylor Medical Center in Houston. He returned to his post in September.
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Col. Doug Thomas
Survivor
Colonel Doug Thomas believes that his 21-year career in the U.S. Army has prepared him well for the fight of his life. Malignant pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer with no[…]
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Terry Latham
Survivor
Maryla Latham remembers vividly the day her husband was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, and driving home together in a numb silence after hearing he had six to 12 months to li[…]
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John Fiala
Survivor
Two days after John Fiala underwent his twice-monthly treatment for pleural mesothelioma cancer, he was back on his fishing boat, landing a four-foot blacktip shark off the west co[…]
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Joe Barna
Survivor
Joe Barna married the love of his life 13 months after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma cancer. Today, life is good. Barna is a mesothelioma survivor and a stunning remin[…]
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John Stathas
Survivor
John Stathas came into this world to help others. He wants to leave that way, too. Stathas, 78, is a pleural mesothelioma survivor who long ago dedicated his life to improving the[…]
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Ron Green
Survivor
Three years after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, Ron Green proudly walked his youngest daughter down the aisle in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Charlotte, N[…]
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Tammy House
Survivor
Tammy House didn’t need a specialist or a big-city cancer center to beat the long odds and become an inspirational mesothelioma survivor. She did it her way. House, 49, lives in Po[…]
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