Stories of Survival

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 ador[…] Read Diana's Story
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 said. “My whol[…] Read Karen's Story
Dave Knapp
Survivor
Air Force veteran Dave Knapp was never a U.S. Navy SEAL, but there are times now — after reading “Lone Survivor,” a nonfiction American war memoir — that he quietly thi[…] Read Dave's Story
Ruth Phillips
Survivor
Ruth and Glenn Phillips were married in December more than 35 years ago, but they have celebrated their anniversary the past 17 years on July 1. They celebrate life. She is a mesot[…] Read Ruth's Story
Barry Knowles
Survivor
Barry Knowles, an Australian man diagnosed with mesothelioma, made cancer headlines in 2015 because of his amazingly long survival — six years — without much treatment. After 18 we[…] Read Barry's Story
Peritoneal mesothelioma taught Isabel De La Camara how to live a fuller and happier life — a lesson she has joyfully passed to her three children. Be bold. Be grateful. Be you. And[…] Read Isabel's Story
Lorraine Kember
Caregiver
Around a year after my husband Brian passed away from pleural mesothelioma, I started working with the Solaris Care Cancer Support Centre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to imp[…] Read Lorraine's Story
Mary Lyons
Survivor
Mary Lyons and her beloved border collie, Kailani, drove six hours through afternoon traffic to attend a two-day sheepherding clinic in the rural northern California town of Tulela[…] Read Mary's Story
Joyce Montgomery
Survivor
The Union Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas is lucky to have Joyce Montgomery, a living testament to the power of prayer. Her faith is incredibly strong. Montgomery is a peritone[…] Read Joyce's Story
Lorraine Kember
Caregiver
As I threw myself into the role of Brian’s caregiver, I found something to hope for. More than anything I wanted to care for Brian at home until the end and make sure he did not su[…] Read Lorraine's Story