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Archive for September 2015

As 9/11 Mesothelioma Fears Rise, Zadroga Act Set to Expire

Among the most memorable images to come out of the terrorist attacks that destroyed New York’s World Trade Center and killed thousands was the photo of Marcy Borders. Borders came to be known as the “Dust Lady” after a picture of her, covered in grey dust, was widely circulated and became emblematic of the destruction…

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Hopes Dashed as New Mesothelioma Drug Declared Failure

Mesothelioma researchers, physicians and patients have all been following the results of clinical trials of defactinib (VS-6063), Verastem’s latest entry into the mesothelioma drug market. The drug has been widely touted as a game changer in the treatment of the rare and always fatal form of cancer. But over the past month there have been…

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Jacuzzi Therapy

Sometimes Lannie and I can get on each other’s last nerve. We have been married over 40 years now. We know each other well. Even before Mesothelioma entered our lives, we had our trying moments – what married couple doesn’t? That is one thing that Mesothelioma hasn’t changed – we can still get irritated with…

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Home Flippers Ignoring Asbestos Regulations In Search of Profit

As the housing market continues to rebound, many are looking to make a quick profit by purchasing older homes for a song, renovating them and then selling them. It’s called “flipping,” and it is a popular theme of television shows and seminars on making money fast. Unfortunately, the interest in the practice has caused a…

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Caregiver Courage

About five years ago, my Sunday School class had a lesson about courage. The teacher began by asking someone to share an example of courage they had witnessed personally. There was a moment or two of silence as we considered her question. While I was deep in thought pondering her question, one of the people…

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Mesothelioma Awareness Campaign Announced

Saturday, September 26th will mark the annual celebration of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and in connection with the event the powerful non-profit group Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is launching a far-reaching new awareness campaign called Raise Your Voice. The ADAO is the largest non-profit in the United States that is dedicated to providing asbestos victims…

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Life in the Slow Lane

Prior to life with cancer, both Lannie and I were very fast walkers. However, I was always faster than he. I think it is because I am a nurse and I was always rushing to do the next task. My students used to call me the Energizer Bunny because I moved so quickly. I powerwalk…

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Tampa Cancer Center to Launch Mesothelioma Clinical Trial

The world renowned Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida has revealed plans to begin recruiting patients for an upcoming mesothelioma trial being conducted by Dr. Jacques Fontaine, director of the hospital’s Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. The study will be designed to provide second-line therapy for patients diagnosed with inoperable or recurrent malignant pleural mesothelioma…

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One Victory over Meso

Mesothelioma changed our lives in many ways. One of these changes is that I end up doing a lot of the driving when we travel. Prior to life with Meso, Lannie did at least 80% of the driving everywhere we went. When Lannie was still working as a Virginia conservation officer (Game Warden) he was…

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Morehead State University Faces $1 Billion Asbestos Lawsuit

Lewis Williamson is a graduate and former employee of Morehead State University in Kentucky. He attended the school from 1998 to 2002 and earned his nursing degree, then returned to his alma mater in 2004 and worked there for four years as a multi-media lab coordinator in the Department of Nursing. During that time he…

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