As a 30-year-old man, I had already heard tales of mesothelioma and its devastating effects. But like so many, I never expected it to happen to me. Then one day, I received the dreaded news: I had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Half of me wanted to curl up in a corner and give in. But the other half reminded me how my family needed me to fight.
My diagnosis was made by a team of medical professionals after reviewing the results of several medical tests. They informed me that the tumor had spread throughout my lungs and other parts of my chest. Knowing the source of the disease gave me the power to begin a fight for my life.
My doctor outlined the various treatments I could pursue to fight mesothelioma. We decided on a combination of radiation and chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and slow the progression of the disease. I prepared for months to take on the treatment, and I am proud to say I made it through.
My battle with mesothelioma is far from over. I am now looking into alternative treatments and lifestyle changes to help me improve my chances of survival. My goal is to come out of this a better person and to live life to the fullest extent possible. I am determined to beat this cancer and stay healthy for years to come.