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2 0 1 4Apr24

Having Our Voice Heard - 10th Annual ADAO Conference Recap

Heather and Cam

I always credit Linda Reinstein from the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) with giving me my voice. Four years ago, it was Linda who started me on this crazy journey of speaking and sharing my story with others when she approached me to speak at her conference.

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2 0 1 4Apr22

Coping with Fear of Cancer Recurrence

Fear of recurrence

The question is bound to linger in any cancer survivor’s mind: what if it comes back? Cancer can recur even if it seems that treatment was successful. Cancer cells can sometimes linger undetected and slowly regrow until you become symptomatic. Your genes may have been altered by the cancer in such a way that you’re vulnerable to a new form of the disease.

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2 0 1 4Apr15

Developing a Cancer Survivorship Plan

Survivorship Plan

It is estimated that two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will live five years or longer after their initial diagnosis. Healthcare professionals advise that the quality of care after a patient has entered remission will have a profound impact on the life expectancy of a survivor. Therefore, it’s very important to develop a survivorship plan to help you and your loved ones enjoy life every given day and adjust to your new normal.

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stress awareness for caregivers

When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, a spouse, parent, or close friend often takes on a caregiver role. Since they are not paid, they are called informal caregivers or family caregivers. Most caregivers are women (60%), middle-aged, and have a full time job (59%).

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Stress awareness tips for cancer diagnosis and treatment

A cancer diagnosis sends chills down most people’s spine and triggers much stress. The stress can appear as fear, brain overload, slowness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, worry about one’s life and loved ones, less interest in life, and occasionally nausea, and vomiting. Some people feel the stress as a hassled feeling of not enough time to get everything done, reliving regrets, and wanting to spend more time with family and friends.

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2 0 1 4Apr01

Advocate of the Month - April 2014

April Advocate Sara

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Sara Gapasin for sharing her story about how asbestos exposure affected her family's life as the April Advocate of the Month. Asbestos-related cancer took the life of her grandfather, breast cancer claimed her grandmother, and Sara also lives with her own disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Being no stranger to health adversity, Sara still shares a message of hope. Read on to learn Sara's story and share it to help raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.

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2 0 1 4Mar31

A Closer Look: Understanding Clinical Trials

Understanding clinical trials

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may consider participating in a clinical trial.

Generally, clinical trials test experimental drugs and treatments and aim to develop new ways of detecting and diagnosing a disease. Doctors use clinical trials to determine whether a new treatment works and is safe—in fact, all new drugs and devices must go through a clinical trial before they are approved by the FDA.

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2 0 1 4Mar24

Eat to Defeat: 7 Immune Boosting Foods

Immune boosting foods

There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of a strong immune system in the fight against mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Including a variety of immune-boosting foods can help you fight off the disease or prevent it from taking root in the first place. In general, a diet based mostly around plants, which includes many different colors of fruits and vegetables, will provide you with a good balance of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you’re looking for an extra boost, here are seven immune-boosting foods you can make sure to have in your diet.

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2 0 1 4Mar20

The Impact of Asbestos Use Worldwide

Impact of asbestos

Although the danger of asbestos was acknowledged decades ago, and although the mineral is entirely or mostly banned in most industrialized nations, the world is still feelings the effects of asbestos use. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), deaths from asbestos-related disease worldwide increased from 90,000 in 2006 to 107,000 in 2010. These are deaths from lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure, mostly in the workplace. As many as one in three deaths from occupational cancer may be caused by asbestos WHO says. Several thousand more deaths annually can be attributed to exposure to asbestos in the home.

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2 0 1 4Mar17

From Awareness Grows Hope - Kicking Off Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

Heather

Every year, 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

In 2005, I was one of them.

I had never worked with asbestos, but my father did, and secondhand exposure as a child was enough to make me sick decades later. I was lucky, able to make a miraculous recovery through surgery. But I experienced for myself the fear, pain and suffering this disease can cause, and I believe I’ve found my calling fighting for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases.

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2 0 1 4Mar13

Why the "Loser Pays" Provision Means No One Wins

Under the Law Code of Hammurabi, which dates to about 1772 BC, if Bob accused Jim of a capital crime but failed to prove his case, Bob would be put to death. And since just about everything — including serving watered-down beer — was a capital crime in those days, one suspects Hammurabi’s judges had a lot of free time on their hands. The cause of justice may not have been well served, however.

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Stephan Schmidheiny Image

Stephan Schmidheiny is a Swiss billionaire who was born into the Swiss industrial empire, Eternit Switzerland. In 1976, at age 29, Stephan Schmidheiny took over leadership of the family business. At the time, Eternit Switzerland was a large manufacturer of asbestos-containing cement products with plants located throughout Europe and Latin America.

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2 0 1 4Mar03

Advocate of the Month - March 2014

Cheree Elizabeth

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Cheree Elizabeth for sharing her personal story about how mesothelioma affected her grandfather, as well as sharing her own cancer journey, as the March Advocate of the Month. Please share Cheree's story and her message of living a clean lifestyle free of toxins like asbestos.

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2 0 1 4Feb24

Who is Behind the FACT Act?

The big businesses behind the FACT Act

In November 2013 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act. The bill then was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which is expected to hold hearings on it sometime in 2014.

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2 0 1 4Feb20

Smashing Fears & Building Traditions - Lung Leavin' Day Recap

Throw your fears to the fire

Eight years. I still find it hard to believe sometimes.

That first year—the one-year mark of Lung Leavin’ Day—it was just Cams and me, outside by a little bonfire on a freezing cold night, writing our fears on a plate. Mine had everything to do with cancer, since surgery was so fresh in my mind. I didn’t read his plate; they’re his fears to smash, not mine. When we were finished writing we both took a breath and shattered our plates in the flames. With that, a tradition was born.

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Dr. Brenda Buck examines rocks for naturally occurring asbestos Image Source: Dr. Buck & colleague examine rocks for NOA

The recent discovery of windblown asbestos dust near Las Vegas, NV has drawn new attention to the phenomenon of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). Dr. Brenda Buck, a UNLV geologist, was testing for arsenic and other toxic chemicals when she unexpectedly found a different, but equally dangerous, substance: actinolite, one of six minerals categorized as asbestos. She and her colleagues published a paper last year detailing their findings, which focused on the area around Boulder City, a small town 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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2 0 1 4Feb10

Being a Wise Health Care Consumer

Wise Health Care Consumer Month

February is Wise Health Care Consumer Month, says the American Institute of Preventative Medicine. But why?

The argument is that if more people become smarter health care shoppers, this by itself could “bend the curve” of our rising health care costs, slowing the rate at which costs increase. Too many people have been getting unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments, it is said, which means more money spent on health care.

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2014 Winter Olympics AP Image

With a final bill expected to surpass $50 billion dollars, the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are going to be the most expensive of all time by several times. Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on using the Olympics to advance the country’s standing on a global stage, and that, combined with endemic corruption leading to kickbacks and overcharging, has helped drive the tremendous expense of the games.

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2 0 1 4Jan28

5 Tips on Caregiving for a Bedridden Loved One

Caregiving for a bedridden loved one

For some cancer patients, their disease can render them bedridden at times. Treatments and physical effects of cancers like mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases can really limit a patient’s ability to perform normal physical activities. The role of a caregiver can often be a trying one, but can become especially so if the loved one they are caring for is bedridden.

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2 0 1 4Jan23

Help Running Out for 9/11 First Responders?

World Trade Center

It has been two years since Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. President Obama signed the Act into law on January 2, 2012. The law provides health care and other compensation to the growing number of 9/11 first responders who are gravely ill from exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

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