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Mesothelioma--One Man's Story

Monday, December 19, 2016


Back in 2013 I was asked by the Mesothelioma organization to post about this rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos. You can read it here
Virgil contacted me just the other day and asked if I could post about Mesothelioma which he has! I said of course and he sent his bio to me which you can read below.


Mr. Anderson was born and raised in Williamson, WV.  His father, a coal miner, passed when Virgil was 8 years old. Virgil worked in demolition work and excavating since high school. This required the physical tear out, and hands on removal of asbestos containing insulation in walls, ceiling, attics and heating and cooling systems. To remove this required saws and sledge hammers all of which sent the asbestos fibers flying into the air. Unfortunately for Virgil the material had to not only be freed from its location but also picked up and carried to the disposal area. Once asbestos is disturbed it can stay in the air for 5 days. On some occasions there was a haze of dust and debris that you could actually taste in your mouth. He also came in contact with asbestos while working on his family’s farm. Virgil was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma he needed immediate medical attention. He found a few websites on the internet that are supposed to help people with mesothelioma cancer but nobody got back to him.

Then he found Mesothelioma.net. Even though he contacted them on a Sunday one of their patient advocates gave him a call back within minutes. They gave him a great deal of helpful information on doctors and resources available to him.

As a result of their website, he is now being treated at the national cancer institute and the patient advocates have even provided him with financial assistance so he could afford a place to live during his chemotherapy. If he had not reached out to this website he would likely be homeless and more importantly in Hospice waiting to die. These people gave him his only chance at survival.

This man helped clean up our environment and has/is paying the price. Thank heavens there is a place that really cares! Won't you click in to Mesothelioma.net and read about the wonderful things they do






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15 comments :

Jacqui Odell said...

Such a sad story. Cancer can be a rough thing. I hate people have to go through it.

Ivonne Tarantino said...

How very sad! Cancer is horrible and I've witnessed it first hand too many times to mention. Excellent post and glad you're spreading awareness about this form of cancer and sharing Mr Anderson's story!

Gladys Parker said...

All types of cancer leave a bad taste in my mouth and a lump in the pit of my stomach. There are few I take on worse, Mesothelioma is one. I had a very dear friend pass a few years back from this. Bless, cheer, praise those that help with this awful cancer.

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Ugh. It is so heartbreaking when an illness like this was preventable. I am glad there is a great resource available to those suffering.

Divya said...

Thank you for spreading awareness about this. My heart breaks for those affected by cancer.

Ave T said...

I knew that asbestos is really bad for the health but had no idea there exists cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.I'm glad that Mr. Anderson found help thanks to Mesothelioma.net.

Kristin Powell said...

So glad there is help for this disease! It's terrible that all our older folks have to deal with this, just for our new generation. My thoughts are prayers are with this man and all others.

Neely said...

Cancer is so hard. My dad faught a really hard battle a few years ago. Thankfully he's fine now but it was not looking good for a while. Thank you for informing people!

Our Family World said...

Heartbreaking! I remember that my auntie died because of cancer. I'm glad about this awareness, I'll spread this as well.

Naomi said...

I think Mesothelioma is such a sad type of cancer because it was basically human created with asbestos. I'm happy to see that there are resources out there for people with Mesothelioma as navigating healthcare is so difficult! I hope Virgil's treatment works well for him.

Liz Mays said...

It's wonderful that he was able to find care through Mesothelioma.net! Working with asbestos must have been a nightmare!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Hopefully one day they will find cures for all forms of cancer. We lost a family member this year to it.

Devona Fryer said...

Such a heartbreaking story! My heart goes out to you!

Adrianas Best Recipes said...

Cancer is the worst sickness and even worse when caused by chemicals or because being expose to something as bad as asbestos. I have lost too many family members to cancer I just hope one day there is a cure.

Eliz Frank said...

It's such a pity that we don't have enough comprehensive care to help every case of this disease and other forms of life threatening diseases. I've posted for the Mesothelioma organization in the past and send Virgil and everyone out there healing love and light.

 
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