This past Friday, June 3, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance hosted our first National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) tweet chat, where the cancer awareness community had an opportunity to share their stories by answering questions about survivorship. Inspired by Heather Von St. James and her recent survivorship series, we hoped to gain perspective from more survivors and people that support the fight against cancer.
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Johnie Beth Matthews has led a full life – full of ups and downs, hope and despair, illness and recovery. When she was 35, Johnie suffered a cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure, only to be revived again. Then, diagnosed with small cell lung cancer at the age of 44 – the same age as her step-dad had been diagnosed with mesothelioma – Johnie made the astonishing decision not to treat it, only to recover fully and live for another several decades.
Two years ago, Wolverhampton model Ricki Hall was deemed as having the most influential hair in Britain. While his bushy beard and extensive tattoos catapulted him in the public eye, he is now harnessing that fame for a fundraising event he’s calling “The Big Beard Shave Off.” His mission? To direct much-needed attention to a cause that hits close to home: fighting mesothelioma.
Yoga has been proven to be good for the body and mind; a consistent practice can positively affect blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism, body temperature, and more. The physical effects often lead to a reduction in stress and improved sense of overall well-being.
When Vice President Joe Biden announced last month that he was not going to seek the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party, he stated that he wanted his legacy to lie in another direction altogether. Specifically, he stated that he would much rather spend his time pursuing a “moon shot” to cure cancer.
This past Friday, September 25th, was the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance’s first #MesoAwarenessDay tweet chat, when the mesothelioma community had an opportunity to share information about mesothelioma, a deadly and rare form of cancer caused by asbestos.
Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families
- Request a Free Mesothelioma Treatment Guide
- Connect with Top Mesothelioma Doctors
- Locate the Nearest Comprehensive Cancer Center
On Friday, September 25th, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will host its first annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day tweet chat. Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about this deadly and preventable disease.
End-of-life care is, in broad terms, health care for patients with advanced or incurable conditions. This area of health care often opens up a number of sensitive treatment discussions and questions. There are questions regarding palliative care, a patient’s right to self-determination of treatment or life, and whether medical experimentation or intervention would be beneficial. Ultimately, the biggest discussion point surrounding treating terminal illness is that of patient autonomy, specifically regarding their right to choose how they want to die.
When diagnosed with a disease that will require long-term care, like mesothelioma, it’s important to establish a relationship that’s built on mutual trust, honesty, and a willingness to support each other throughout the entire treatment process.
As life expectancies increase, more and more people are finding themselves both caring for elderly parents while at the same time supporting adult children who are still living at home or require financial assistance even though they live elsewhere.