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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

Raeleen Minchuk Prokopetz with her son Survivor

Advice, Challenges and Support: Nearing 10-Years of Survival

Raeleen will celebrate hitting her 10-year survivor milestone in October 2024. She was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma when she was o...

Kevin Hession at Marine Corps Base 29 Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Is Passionate About Raising Awareness

Kevin Hession is passionate about sharing his story and reaching out to other mesothelioma survivors. Kevin was diagnosed with pleural mesot...

Close-up of couple man and woman holding hands Caregiver

Caregiver Blog: Supporting Your Spouse With Mesothelioma

Life can often take an unexpected turn, altering our paths and challenging us beyond imagination. Anthony Fasolo’s journey as a caregiver to...

Patient in blue lying in hospital bed Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor Shares His Lung Removal Surgery Story

After being diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2015, I underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy. I wanted to share my experiences with re...

Jerry Cochran in the Navy Survivor

Navy Veteran With Asbestosis & Silicosis Has a Passion for Justice

Navy veteran Jerry Cochran was told 50 years ago that he had only five years to live. But he said his faith in God and his work advocating f...

Photo of Bob and Jeannie Niemiec. Survivor

Mesothelioma Survivor, a Navy Veteran, Defies the Odds

Navy veteran Bob Niemiec is a mesothelioma survivor who even doctors say defied the odds. The 78-year-old was given just 10 months to live i...

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Connect With Other Mesothelioma Survivors

Find support and community among survivors and caregivers who share tips and insights in our exclusive expert-moderated groups.

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We help 50% of mesothelioma patients in the U.S. access the best medical specialists and treatment centers, financial resources to cover medical costs and VA benefits.

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Our Medical Outreach team has relationships with the nation's best mesothelioma specialists and built partnerships with hospitals and cancer centers advancing treatment.

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1300+ VSOs

We work directly with both Veterans Service Organizations and veterans. We train thousands of VSOs and our VA-accredited claims agents help veterans access VA benefits.

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We've sent more than 10K packets to patients and families, containing our easy-to-understand comprehensive mesothelioma guide and 20+ pieces of customized information.