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Mesothelioma the Scourge of Asbestos Continued

Over the past months we’ve focused more on the effects of Asbestos. We’ve invited a first person experience with the devastating disease that is spawned by asbestos. Let me introduce you to Katherine Keys.

Katherine Keys has been fighting Mesothelioma for 9+years. When she was first diagnosed, doctors told her she had less than 2 years. Katherine refused to believe her time was limited and instead decided to fight the cancer. Katherine is convinced that it was her positive attitude and determination to win that has allowed her to survive against the odds.

At first Katherine thought she had the flu. She was prescribed medication and painkillers but the pain persisted. When the pain was too much to take, Katherine went to the ER, it was there that she discovered she had cancer. Katherine was 49 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 pleural Mesothelioma.

For treatment, Katherine had her right lung and the lining of the lung removed, a major surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). After several months of recovery, Katherine began radiation treatments at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She had treatments five times per week for several months. Although she had been scheduled for chemotherapy treatments, she was relieved to learn that she didn’t have to have them.

Upon completing her treatments, Katherine attended her regularly scheduled follow-up appointments. At first, they were monthly, then every two months, three months, six months…and now annually. Her follow-up appointments typically consistent of blood tests, a PET scan, x-rays and other tests to confirm that she is still cancer-free.

She was also helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. They helped her obtain legal and guidance information which helped with her treatments and quality of life.

Today, Katherine feels blessed to be able to spend time with her family and share her story with other people living with mesothelioma. While she has been through a lot and is still challenged by physical pain and limitations after having a lung removed.

Katherine continues to be an advocate and survivor offering hope for those suffering or will suffer from the burden of this disease.

We genuinely want to thank Katherine for sharing her story. We would also like to again acknowledge the input of Kyle Walsh for his expertise in prior articles including our Blog “Exposed to Asbestos? Now What?" Kyle can be reached at this kwalsh@asbestos.com . Kyle, is from Public Outreach Department for the Mesothelioma Center whom you can also reach at 844-859-9315.

Here at safetyinstruction.com we support “Veterans” If you are a Veteran, and believe you have been exposed to asbestos or have experienced any of the symptoms described, Please do not hesitate to contact either one of these organizations, or contact us here by e-mail info@safetyinstruction.com or call 866-598-2128 and we can help you find a source.

For all of the information and training available this is still a very active OSHA complaint and reason for citations, which can in of itself be very expensive. If asbestos awareness is a part of your training, take it serious! We do offer a comprehensive OSHA Compliant “On Line” asbestos awareness course. Please again do not hesitate to call us here with your questions 866-598-2128 or visit us on line.

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