Only a few years ago, a diagnosis of mesothelioma was often considered to be a certain death sentence. The average prognosis was between 3 and 18 months and very few people survived beyond this.
For those diagnosed when the disease is already at an advanced stage, the treatment options on offer in the past have often been limited, accompanied by a poor prognosis. However, there are increasing numbers of people diagnosed with mesothelioma who are smashing the doctor’s expectations and living for years after diagnosis.
Two of the most well-known “mesowarriors” are Paul Krauss and Mavis Nye.
Paul Krauss was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1997. He was exposed to asbestos when working in a factory as a young man in Australia. Following his diagnosis he overhauled his diet and lifestyle, combining conventional medical treatments with other, holistic regimens. He has survived mesothelioma for over 20 years now.
Mavis Nye was exposed to asbestos when washing her husband, Ray’s overalls. He worked at the dockyards and would return home covered in asbestos dust, not knowing that it was dangerous. Diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009, Mavis completed a two year clinical trial at the Royal Marsden Hospital, receiving immunotherapy, resulting in fantastic results. In total she has received immunotherapy treatment over a 5 year period. Now, ten years after her diagnosis her tumour is growing again but she is now joining another clinical trial and hopes to see positive results once again.
Paul Cook was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in November 2017. He was given a year to live, a devastating prognosis, made even more terrible by the fact he and his wife have a young son.
He underwent surgery to have the lining of his lung and the bottom of his lung removed. He then underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Paul’s response to this treatment was considered to be amazing and has been in remission since June 2018. Although he knows that his mesothelioma will eventually return, he is determined to make the most of his remission.
Like many people, Paul does not know where he was exposed to asbestos. He has not worked in any industries where asbestos exposure was commonplace. Given he was 43 when he was diagnosed and the latency period of mesothelioma, it is possible that he was exposed at school.
Land’s End to John O’Groats
Paul is now dedicated to raising awareness of mesothelioma and fundraising for research into mesothelioma treatments.
In September this year, Paul will be part of a team of 17 amateurs who plan to cycle 1,000 miles in 10 days, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Paul will be joined by fellow mesowarrior, Nigel Shaddick. This is the first attempt of a challenge like this to be embarked upon by thoese diagnosed with mesothelioma.
We wish the team all the best for their challenge. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you can here.
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