Mesothelioma Survivor Stories

March 30, 2015 MikeM
Asbestos Lifeline- Mesothelioma Survival Stories

Although the search for a cure for mesothelioma is far from over, there are thousands of mesothelioma survival stories, and you must allow yourself to take every survival story into your heart. Many people only really understand the cancer aspect of mesothelioma, such as Bonnie Anderson did, and others, such as Bruce Jackson, were simply advised to look up mesothelioma on the internet for advice. Before you resign yourself away to the confines of a hospital unit or come to the conclusion that you are incapable of overcoming this asbestos-caused condition, remember how these two people overcome advanced cases of mesothelioma.

Bonnie Anderson

As the first female industrial electrician in New Jersey, Bonnie Anderson never dreamed she would be faced with the challenge of mesothelioma. However, she began experiencing severe abdominal pain and problems in 2001. Within weeks, her gastroenterologist had performed every possible test aside from surgery to identify the cause of her symptoms, but the surgeon refused to perform the surgery. Her gastroenterologist referred her to a second physician, who performed her first CAT scan.

The CAT scan revealed unusual streaks along her abdominal walls, but it wasn’t until she developed ascites that physicians discovered the strange appearance of her internal abdomen. The hospital pathology department confirmed that Bonnie had peritoneal mesothelioma. Unfortunately, Bonnie’s battle was only beginning.

Bonnie’s insurance carriers refused to approve treatment at the successful oncology departments, but the determination of her physician proved to be the most promising. After speaking with the state-level director of the insurance carrier, Bonnie’s oncologist obtained approval to perform her treatment plan. Bonnie underwent a surgery to remove the accessible growths, and she completed a six month course of chemotherapy. Two months later, Bonnie’s follow up scan showed no signs of reappearance of the cancer.

Bonnie’s cancer survival rate was a 35% chance to live for four years. It’s now been more than a decade since her treatment, and she still has shown no signs of the resurgence of mesothelioma. Not only did she live for the four years, but she is now hit that number three-fold, and her resolve to survive has never been stronger.

Bruce Jackson

After noticing bright streaks of blood in his urine, Bruce Jackson made the decision to see a urologist about any possible causes of the symptom. His physician found precancerous lesions within his bladder, and the course of treatment was surgery to remove the affected area. The assumption was that he would be fine following the surgery, but a follow up scan to check his abdomen revealed something unforeseen.

Bruce’s abdominal scan revealed strange images on the lining of his abdomen. His physician advised Bruce to visit an oncologist to make sure that nothing else was awry. However, the oncologist performed a series of tests that resulted in the use of a biopsy and the pathology department at the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, Bruce had peritoneal mesothelioma.

Bruce’s insurance company appeared unwilling to authorize the treatment at the well-known physician’s offices, and Bruce located an online resource for getting help. Eventually, he was able to get into a clinical trial that was currently being conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Within a short period of time, Bruce underwent his surgery to remove the growths. Surprisingly, the surgery lasted only four hours when physician’s anticipated a minimum length of 12 hours. Bruce’s cancer had not spread to his vital organs, and it had been contained within the abdominal cavity. Bruce’s follow up scans have revealed no sign of resurgence of the cancer since, which is in stark contrast to his expectation when first diagnosed.

Bruce and Bonnie share a bond that transcends the nature of humanity; they both had to deal with a disease that would have claimed their lives without treatment. While the insurance companies turned their backs on the conditions, Bonnie and Bruce refused to give up hope, and both received the treatment they needed. Their stories shine as a beacon of hope for those who have been diagnosed, will be diagnosed, or love someone who has been diagnosed. There is always hope, and you must never forget that.