mesothelioma help

Expanded Financial Assistance for Travel Expenses of Mesothelioma Patients

Last week, we announced the expansion of our Travel Grant program for mesothelioma patients. The program, which was created initially to help mesothelioma patients who are in need travel to see a specialist for the initial consultation, will now also accept applications to cover traveling expenses of patients enrolled in clinical trials away from home, […]

Calling Him Dad: What My Father Meant to Me

by Jennifer Gelsick
When I was asked to write about my Dad, I struggled with it. I wasn’t sure where I should start. My father, Donald Edward Smitley, was born on April 25, 1956. He was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on January 30, 2012 and fought as he lived, with faith, grace, and love, until he […]

The Power of Community

Reading the recent postings, I was struck anew by the sheer power of a force that has never stopped astonishing me since the day of my diagnosis, over 6 years ago. I’m referring to the power of community, and nowhere is everything that term implies more amply demonstrated than here.
I’ve frequently mentioned how, as a nurse, […]

Peer to Peer Support

Peer to Peer Support is a way for mesothelioma patients and care givers to provide mutual support to each other in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Introduce yourself and let them know that you are calling as a volunteer of the Foundation.  You are representing the Foundation you have all the support of the Foundation.  The staff will be willing […]

Hospice Care

Choosing hospice care does not mean that one is giving up on life but rather choosing to  end treatments aimed at attempting to cure the disease or condition and elects treatment that eases pain and discomfort Hospice services are available once a patient is thought to be in the final 6 months of life. Hospice nurses receive […]