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Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle with Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle With Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jim Leonard was a devoted dad and grandfather, enjoying retired life on the golf course and going to as many sporting events as he could. Leonard would cheer on his grandchildren and his hometown team, the Franklin Wildcats, and was a devoted fan of the University of Tennessee, a team he got to know as a young boy before his family moved to Ohio.

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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

Hurricane season, which extends through the end of November, has already brought great devastation to Gulf and East Coast states, while wildfires are sending ash and toxins into the air as they blaze throughout the Western U.S. As these areas continue their road to recovery with large cleanup efforts, they may be facing other unseen dangers brought to the surface from these storms: toxins like asbestos.

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Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

Decades of scientific evidence proving the harmful and often fatal effects of asbestos have been overshadowed by a judicial system wrought with legal obstacles that have allowed asbestos to continue to be imported, sold and utilized in the United States.

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Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

September always proves to be a busy month for me, and this year was certainly no different! As much as I try to pace myself, it always seems as though all the things happen at once. September is usually busy for one important reason: Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

Many politicians face various highs and lows in their careers. If they’re lucky to be voted into office, it may be very short lived and possibly filled with strong opposition. But Representative Bruce Vento served in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Minnesota from 1977 until his untimely passing in 2000. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vento began his long political career as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1970.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

While many rejoice in the change of season, watching the leaves fall and feeling the air grow colder, some Americans instead begin to feel moody and fatigued. As summer changes to fall and continues to progress to winter, some individuals may get the sense that they are in a seasonal funk or have “the winter blues,” when they may actually suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation Shows Strong Support for and Against a Ban

EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the midst of a several years long process to investigate ten dangerous chemicals, including asbestos. Over a year ago, the EPA was finally given the authority to evaluate and potentially take action against chemicals that may pose an unnecessarily dangerous risk to public health and the environment with the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Act.

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Join The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in ADAO’s #ENDMeso Tweetchat

Join The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in ADAO’s #ENDMeso Tweetchat

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is almost here! Each year on September 26th, survivors, advocates, patients and their loved ones, experts and various organizations come together to bring awareness to mesothelioma and the mineral that causes it. Just like in years past, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will be participating in the #ENDMeso tweetchat hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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Champion for Mesothelioma: CURE Magazine Profiles 11-Year Survivor

CURE Magazine Profiles 11-Year Survivor

Advocate and 11-year mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James has had a lot of great opportunities to tell her story and raise awareness for mesothelioma and asbestos. Through blogs, opinion pieces, collaborations with organizations like Greenpeace, and even in-person meetings with members of Congress, she has truly made such a difference in the community.

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