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

British Mesothelioma Warrior Mavis Nye Shares Her Story of Remission

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 9/8/2016

Earlier this year, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance had the privilege of sharing the story of Mavis Nye, a woman from the United Kingdom who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2009. Since then, Mavis has undergone a number of treatments in an effort to defeat this deadly disease.

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A Fighter and a Survivor: Amy Byrd Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/29/2016

Amy Byrd and her Father

Larry Hightower is a husband of 48 years to his wife Shirley, daddy to two children Amy and David, and “Pop” to four granddaughters and one grandson. Larry is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, and a friend. He is a veteran of United States Navy, having served the on the USS Vesuvius AE-15.

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Julie Roberts Wants to Change How We Think About Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/24/2016

Julie Roberts is a marketing professional from Scotland who recently learned about mesothelioma – not just once but twice over. In the short span of only eight weeks, both her uncle and her father passed away from the disease. Now, she is sharing her story with anyone and everyone who will listen, while also working to raise awareness in the U.K. about this rare but deadly disease and the dangers of asbestos.

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How One Granddaughter Is Raising Awareness About Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/4/2016

Robert and Rachel

Bob Thomas is the tower of strength for his family, someone who has always been there to help his children and grandchildren, providing support, enjoyment, and love for all.

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Mesothelioma Survivor Betsy Brockett Takes Her Recovery One Day at a Time

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 7/18/2016

When Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with a rare form of mesothelioma in her abdomen she was only 28 years old.

“My first reaction to my diagnosis was complete shock,” she recently told the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. “It seemed to come out of nowhere, and the diagnosis dismantled everything in my life.”

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Galy Vee: Mountain-Climbing Mesothelioma Survivor and Eternal Optimist

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/19/2016

Imagine you have the perfect life. You’re in prime physical condition at the peak of your career as a personal trainer. You have an amazing spouse and wonderful children and pets. You live in the Northern Beaches in Australia, an area known for its spectacular ocean views and proximity to the cultural center of Sydney. It’s your fiftieth birthday, and as a celebration of life, you’re giving back to the community by hosting a “Young at Heart” fitness class that will support victims of flooding in Queensland.

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Mesothelioma Survivor and Former Teacher Wants to Educate Everyone about the Dangers of Asbestos

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/5/2016

What would you do if it turned out the job you love could also kill you? That’s not just a possibility for soldiers, police officers, and others in relatively dangerous professions. For Patricia Powell Hargrett, a public school teacher for a quarter of a century, it became a reality when she was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.

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Mavis Nye: The Story of a UK Mesowarrior

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 3/10/2016

Mavis and Ray

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Mavis Nye to our blog. Today, Mavis shares her story from the UK of how asbestos exposure led to her diagnosis of mesothelioma and her treatment journey fighting this disease. Mavis is currently a participant in a clinical trial exploring the effects of the drug Keytruda® which is providing a ray of hope for mesothelioma patients worldwide.

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Lou Williams: My Campaign to Fast Track Keytruda® in Australia

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 3/9/2016

Lou Williams

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Lou Williams to our blog. Today, Lou shares her story of how the drug Keytruda® is helping her in her fight against mesothelioma and how she is campaigning to get this important treatment fast tracked on the Australian PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) in an effort to make it more readily available to mesothelioma patients in her country.

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Advocate of the Month - February 2015

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 2/2/2015

Tanita Taylor

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Tanita Taylor to our blog as February's Advocate of the Month. Tanita is a proud mother of 2 and shares her experiences on her blog Just Motherhood. Today, Tanita shares the story of how mesothelioma affected her grandmother's life and her family's life.

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