A post from one of our blog followers. Her name is Katherine Keys and she has been fighting mesothelioma cancer for the past 9 years. She has this to say and wanted to recommend a few resources.
If you don’t know, mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure and affects the lining of the lungs. Both lung cancer and mesothelioma share similarities, particularly in how they are acquired, and those who smoke are at increased risk for lung cancer. My exposure came from a simple office remodel, as a result of asbestos contaminants being spread into the air. Some of the highest risk for lung cancer however is reserved for smokers.
At the age of 49 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Pleural Mesothelioma and have been battling it ever since.
After a lung removal and several years of treatment, I am uniquely blessed to say that my fight paid off, and after nine years later I am cancer free… But I know I did not face this battle alone. The doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and mesotheliomalawyercenter.org are miracle workers, and I am forever grateful for them. Their teams of medical professionals, caregivers and legal experts looked after me, improving my quality of life, and gave me the courage to continue fighting. I am proud to call them my friends and they continue to stand by my side as I fight mesothelioma.
I feel it is my duty to give back, and to let people with asbestos diseases know they are not alone. Equally as important, I’d like to help advocate for those at increased risk for lung cancer. There is plenty of help available. I certainly admire and respect the work that you do, and I would be honored if you would consider making room for mesotheliomalawyercenter.org on your website. MLC is a very very comprehensive website about mesothelioma and lung cancer, providing information on causes, symptoms, treatment and more. For more information regarding the above, please feel free to visit mesotheliomalawyercenter.org/
Together I think we can help a lot of people better understand this disease, and equally as important help smokers understand the risks involved when dealing with asbestos.