MCA Warrior Stories

MCA Warrior Stories

Inspiring Stories from Courageous Men and Women Dedicated to Increasing Mesothelioma Awareness

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2 0 1 4Jul01

Advocate of the Month - July 2014

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The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Abigail Cashelle for sharing her story of how mesothelioma touched her life. Abigail is a twenty-something girl, living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a connective tissue disorder), and our Advocate of the Month for July. Living the rollercoaster of illness and medical treatment has taught her that what's hidden beneath the surface is what really counts. Abigail blogs at Hidden Courage.

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2 0 1 4Jun03

Advocate of the Month - June 2014

Berit Brogaard

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank our June Advocate of the Month, Berit Brogaard. Berit's grandfather suffered from malignant mesothelioma, which ultimately took his life too soon. Read Berit's story below and help share her message for raising awareness.

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2 0 1 4May02

Advocate of the Month - May 2014

Deb Vaughn

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Rev. Deborah Vaughn for sharing her experiences with mesothelioma, and cancer in general, as a professional chaplain as the May Advocate of the Month. Rev. Vaughn loves spending time with her husband and daughters, and enjoys gardening and cooking. You can read more about her experiences and stories on her blog, An Unfinished Symphony.

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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 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 4Jan03

Advocate of the Month - January 2014

Kathleen Hoffman

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Kathleen Hoffman for sharing her personal experience with the dangers of asbestos exposure as January's Advocate of the Month. Kathleen's husband was a firefighter for years and now deals with the repercussions of exposure. Please read Kathleen's story and help her spread awareness for mesothelioma victims!

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The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Lana Barhum for sharing her story about her brother Moe's battle against peritoneal mesothelioma as December's Advocate of the Month. Getting news of a mesothelioma diagnosis is shocking, but not knowing where and when Moe's exposure to asbestos occurred makes the diagnosis even tougher to take. Please read Lana's story and help her support organizations that support asbestos victims!

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2 0 1 3Aug06

Advocate of the Month - August 2013

Hastie family

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Andrea Hastie for becoming our August Advocate of the Month. Below, Andrea shares the heartbreaking story of losing her father Roy Hastie to malignant pleural mesothelioma recently. As Roy said to his family, being affected by mesothelioma was "like waiting for a ticking time bomb."

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2 0 1 3Jul02

Advocate of the Month - July 2013

Andreas Heydeck's father, Peter

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Andreas Heydeck for sharing his story as the Advocate of the Month for July. Andreas' father Peter was a victim of malignant pleural mesothelioma, but his legacy lives on through his family. Below is Andreas story about how his father's mesothelioma affected him.

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2 0 1 3Jun04

Advocate of the Month - June 2013

Amy Heidrick

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Amy Heidrick for becoming our Advocate of the Month for June. Amy shares the story of her father-- a family man through and through-- and his fight with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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2 0 1 3May01

Advocate of the Month - May 2013

Diana Evens-Hein

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Diana Evens-Hein for becoming our Advocate of the Month for May and sharing her story about her father's fight with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Diana’s statement of “one less breath is one too many” is a statement than can resonate with our community who have suffered loss from this cancer. Below is an interview with Diana about her experience and how she would like to help the mesothelioma community.

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2 0 1 3Apr02

Advocate of the Month - April 2013

Neil and Liam

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Shirley White, the Advocate of the Month for April, for sharing her story about her husband’s fight against epithelial left lung mesothelioma. Shirley’s story is important to share with our community for support and especially during an important week like Asbestos Awareness Week. With our shared knowledge and support, our community can continue to spread awareness and hope for this disease.

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2 0 1 3Mar01

Advocate of the Month - March 2013

Shelia & her family

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Shelia Philyaw, the Advocate of the Month for March. In an interview with Shelia, we learned how cancer has affected her family, with mesothelioma affecting her mother. As a nurse, Shelia has been a key caregiver for her family and wanted to share her story, knowledge and support with the MCA community.

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2 0 1 3Feb07

Stories of Survival: Jan Egerton

Jan and her husband

Today we are very excited to welcome Jan Egerton to the MCA blog to share her incredible story. In catching up with Jan on Facebook, she graciously offered to answer some common questions that all of you in the community often ask. We are happy to share her answers full of strength and valuable information. To connect with Jan, read her blog at Jan's Journey.

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2 0 1 3Jan02

Advocate of the Month - January 2013

Nayeli Baltazar

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to take a moment to thank Nayeli Baltazar, the Advocate of the Month for January. Nayeli has been an active member of our Facebook community and continues to help spread the message of the MCA, while lending her support and knowledge to other people affected by cancer. Below is an interview with Nayeli on how Mesothelioma affected her and her family’s lives and why she continues to spread the message the of MCA.

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2 0 1 2Nov30

Advocate of the Month - December 2012

Diana Davey & Fred Lodge Diana & Fred

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to take a moment to thank Diana Davey, the Advocate of the Month for December. Diana has been incredibly active and visible in our Facebook community and continues to help spread the message of the MCA, while lending her support and knowledge to others affected by cancer. Below is an interview with Diana about how Mesothelioma affected her way of life and why she continues to spread the message of MCA.

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2 0 1 2Nov08

19 Years Later: My Mesothelioma Survivor Story

Sean Gee

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to introduce you to an amazing and inspirational 19-year survivor, Sean Gee! Sean has shared his incredible story with us, and hopes to help all of those affected by mesothelioma. Please read his journey below.

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2 0 1 2Nov01

Advocate of the Month - November 2012: Surviving and Thriving

Tina & Jeff

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to take a moment to thank Tina Melford, the Advocate of the Month for November. Tina has been incredibly active and visible in our Facebook community and continues to help spread the message of the MCA, while lending her support and knowledge to others affected by cancer. Below is an interview with Tina about how Mesothelioma affected her way of life and why she continues to spread the message of MCA.

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2 0 1 2Oct01

Advocate of the Month - October 2012: Susan's Story

Ronnie & Susan

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to introduce you to a wonderful woman and our advocate of the month for October – Susan Ralston. Susan kindly shared with us the story of how her life has been affected by mesothelioma. Read more about her family and inspirational stepfather, and watch for her throughout the month as she plans to be a big contributor to our social community!

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Emotional and it's OK

Read the latest in our friend Rachel Shaneyfelt's journey as she shares her emotional transition in to the newest chapter of her life.

On July 2nd of this summer, I started my new job as a family nurse practitioner in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Univeristy of Alabama Birmingham - the only comprehensive cancer facility here in the state of Alabama. It’s the first full time job that I have held since the dreaded diagnosis of mesothelioma. This direction was an odd path that was chosen for me, as I didn’t want to work with cancer patients. I had cancer. I hate cancer. I’m sick of cancer. I don’t want to deal with cancer. I hate the word cancer. CANCER SUCKS!!! Now that that is out of my system-- where was I?

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