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2 0 1 1 Dec 9

The Medicare Scare

The average age of a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma is estimated at between 78-80 years old. Accordingly, the vast majority of those diagnosed are receiving Medicare medical benefits.

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On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Moreover, as then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in the aftermath of the attack, December 7 is “a date which will live in infamy

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The following is a guest post from Rob Harris. Rob's wife is a two-time cancer survivor. Rob has been with her to assist in her care throughout her journey with cancer. We'd like to thank Rob for sharing his thoughts on the holiday season with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance from the unique perspective of a caregiver.

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The United States Committee on Veterans Affairs is launching an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs in regards to claims of inadequate staffing, long lines for mental health care and whether VA employees work to reach numbers rather than focusing on providing necessary mental health care.

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2 0 1 1 Dec 2

I Have Cancer? Part 5: A Bittersweet Christmas

heather lily christmas

Our baby's first Christmas, 2005- It was supposed to be memorable, and it was, but for all the wrong reasons. We did everything we usually do; Christmas Eve with my husbands family, but despite the festive air of the season, no one could ignore the dark cloud hanging over us. To this day, when I decorate my Christmas tree and I put the "Baby's First Christmas" ornament on the tree, I do so with a bittersweet feeling.

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2 0 1 1 Nov 30

Great Gift Ideas for Active Duty Military

Now’s the time to start planning for sending gifts to your husband, wife, son or daughter that’s serving overseas. With only a handful of days leftbefore the shipping deadline, getting great ideas for gifts may be difficult, especially if you’re like the rest of us, juggling holiday events,wrapping other presents and attending festive functions.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

2 0 1 1 Nov 30

Lung Cancer Funding: An Alarming Call To Action

For much of the month of November the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has been highlighting thoracic oncologists, causes studies, support groups, andother events associated withLung Cancer Awareness Month. As the month draws to an end, it is our hope that the awareness we’ve been generating and the message of those we’ve spoken will not simply be lostas we turn the month to December. It is only through a continued commitment to lung cancer treatment and research funding, in December and beyond, thatwe’ll finally be able to reach the long-awaited cure for this difficult disease.

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2 0 1 1 Nov 29

The Gift of Support: Part 3

The following is the final installment in my series on the importance of cancer support groups. As we've been highlighting different lung cancer news throughout November, the following is an interview with Amy Copeland,  Director of Community Services for the Lung Cancer Alliance.

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2 0 1 1 Nov 28

The Gift of Support: Part 2

Mary Hesdorffer

Mary Hesdorffer is a nurse practitioner working with The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. She oversees the various support groups that MARF has to offer for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, their family members, and people who have lost a loved one to this deadly disease. She can be reached at

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2 0 1 1 Nov 23

A Glass Half Full – A Message at Thanksgiving

My entire life I have been accused of being the eternal optimist. It is a trait that has always served me well, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that being an optimist, would play a key part in my very survival.
 When I was diagnosed with on November 21st, 2005, just 3 months after my baby was born, my initial reaction, of course was shock and fear. But once my options were explained to me, my optimistic outlook kicked in full gear. I was given 3 options. I could do nothing, and live maybe 15 months. Undergo chemotherapy and radiation and hope for up to 5 years. Or, I could have a risky surgery called an extrapleural pneumonectomy and increase my chance of survival to 10 years or more. My husband and I immediately opted for the surgery. Dying was not an option.

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