mesothelioma diagnosis

Battling the Holiday Blues

As the holidays come around, you may not be celebrating like in years past. As a patient, you may be forced to structure the holidays differently to accommodate to your needs. As a caregiver, you may need to take extra time and plan out the days to make sure you and your loved one are […]


I’m Still A Nurse

by Ann Toney
On July 2, 2013, I checked myself into an ER, but not the one I worked in. I wanted to be in control of what and when my hospital knew, and I had waited so long that my symptoms were such that I felt I needed an ER. I was wishing my fellow […]


Facing Mesothelioma One Journal Entry at a Time: Part One

Tara DeAugustinis was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in early 2016 at the age of 45. After a few weeks of tests, doctors determined that her cancer was stage 2 and present on her chest wall and right lung.
Following Tara’s diagnosis, her husband, Richard, set up a private website for friends and family to follow along […]


Chapter 1 | Part 3: Well, it’s not Crohn’s Disease

by Christopher Graham
So I went to the ER, and everyone agreed I needed a CT scan. Despite having read thousands of them in my time, I had actually never had a CT scan before. I wondered what the IV contrast injection would feel like. I’ve been told it makes you feel warm all over. My […]


Learning to be Healthy with Cancer

by Marcia Schekel
A diagnosis … mesothelioma … a punch to the gut … frozen with fear.
Mine was April 2014: surgical biopsy, pleural mesothelioma (epithelioid), inoperable, stage 4.
What is this strange disease? I ‘google’ meso, lawyers call. Arghhh. Somehow I contact the Meso Foundation, Mary calls. I know I am connected with others with meso. I […]