January 19, 2016

The Mesothelioma Center: Our 2016 Featured Partner



Our 2016 partner is The Mesothelioma Center. Thank you to The Mesothelioma Center and it’s members for showing us how to live Chronically Awesome with mesothelioma.


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8 Self-Care Tips For Cancer Survivors

Posted Friday, September 22, 2017 by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

While the first few months after a cancer diagnosis typically is the most challenging, there is a different struggle that comes further down the line in cancer survivorship.

Instead of fear and worry, you’re left with anxiety and confusion. Rather than making quick yet carefully considered treatment decisions, you’re forced to figure out how to keep moving forward and how to get back to the life you had. Of course, life will never be the same.

That’s the thing about life-changing diagnoses. They do just that: Change your life. Forever. Read More


Asbestos: A Recurring Theme on HGTV


Common Symptoms of Pleural

Posted Friday, December 27, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

How often do you hear “asbestos” when you’re on a three-day HGTV binge?
It feels as if every other “Property Brothers” episode features an unsuspecting couple waiting to move into their first home together only to find asbestos lurking in the ceiling tiles. In most episodes, the thousand-plus dollar price tag of the asbestos abatement escalates tension between the homeowners and the show’s real estate brothers.

But what does this mean for actual home buyers? Is asbestos really hiding in that many homes? And most importantly, is it really that dangerous?

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Understanding the Risk of Mesothelioma in Women


Posted Friday, December 9, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

For decades, people have believed only men are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This is not true. While men are three to four times more likely to develop the disease, women are still at risk for mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure.


How Are Women Exposed to Asbestos?

Most women with mesothelioma are exposed one of three ways: Secondary exposure, environmental exposure or occupational exposure.

Secondary Exposure

Secondary exposure is the most common method in which women came in contact with the deadly mineral. Read The Full Article

Beyond the Commercial: What Is Mesothelioma?

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

Dictionary definition of cancerIf you are like most Americans who only know of mesothelioma from daytime television advertisements, you’re certainly not alone. In a quick poll of my Facebook friends, I found the actual number of people with a solid understanding of the deadly asbestos-related cancer could be counted on my fingers.

In fact, several friends reminisced about the days they stayed home from school sick only to sit on the couch and binge watch “America’s Next Top Model” while a mesothelioma commercial appeared during every other commercial break.

Nobody really thought about what those commercials meant, and more importantly, whom those commercials were for: Cancer patients.

Of course, I graduated from high school more years ago than I’d like to admit; perhaps times have changed. Yet a brief Twitter search of the word “mesothelioma” brought about an onslaught of displeasing tweets glorifying the deadly cancer.

One tweet: How come I never got to have mesothelioma? I want large cash settlements too! Read The Full Article

Choosing Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

Mesothelioma TrialsFor many patients with mesothelioma, a grim prognosis can be paired with less-than-optimal treatment options. Many patients may feel hopeless and scared.Thankfully, researchers and physicians alike are teaming up to create new treatment opportunities with mesothelioma trials and to hopefully find a cure for the aggressive, asbestos-related cancer through these clinical trials.

While traditional treatment options, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, are extending the lives of mesothelioma patients every day, they may not be available for every patient depending on their current health and medical history.
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Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms

Posted Tues, June 28, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

For Mike T., the lump on his chest didn’t seem problematic. Nearly two years earlier, he had two pleurodesis procedures after he broke a rib and punctured his lung during a martial arts class. He assumed the lump was a cyst resulting from the surgeries. One day, he noticed the lump appeared to be growing, which prompted a trip to his physician. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just a benign cyst. Read the full article.

Mike was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Read the full article.

Our Podcast To Raise  Awareness About Mesothelioma

Posted Fri. May 6, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

On April 26th, 2016, Cara Tompot of The Mesothelioma Center joined Donna Kay and Jules on Chronic chronic chronicles podcast logoChronicles to help raise awareness about Mesothelioma. To help raise awareness about mesothelioma. Chronic Chronicles is available on TalkShoe, iTunes and Stitchers Radio.


Question: Why did The Mesothelioma Center partner with the Chronically Awesome Foundation?

When I came across the Chronically Awesome Foundation, I knew we would be an excellent partnership. Not only did we both raise awareness and improve education about rare and underfunded diseases, but we are both care organizations, meaning we focus on improving the lives of patients right now, not just those who will be diagnosed in the future.

Also, both of our organizations are active on social media, which helped us forge a friendship and ultimately a partnership. We both saw the value in providing information about mesothelioma. For many people, mesothelioma is a word they only know from TV advertisements. Patients need to know there is help available. Read the full article.

The Difficulty Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Posted Fri. March 18, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

mesothelioma diagnosisImagine walking around your house one day only to realize you feel short of breath. It doesn’t seem like much, but a week later, you are still noticing it can be difficult to catch your breath after simply walking across the room. Finally, you decide it may be worth a trip to your doctor. Read full article.


Remember the Silver Lining of Living with Mesothelioma

Posted Fri. Feb 12, 2016, by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

Patricia is not letting mesothelioma stop her. #MesotheliomaEvery single day, we meet people who are facing invisible battles. Approximately, 39.6 percent of people in the world will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s an estimated 2.7 billion people who will, at some point, hear the words: “I’m sorry. It’s cancer.” Read the full article.

Check back soon for more news from our partner, The Mesothelioma Center.



What is Mesothelioma?

Posted Mon. Jan 6, 2016 by Cara T. – The Mesothelioma Center

mesothelioma types

For many people, the only time they have heard of mesothelioma is from pushy TV commercials that lack context. What many people do not realize is that every year 3,000 people are diagnosed with this aggressive cancer. That’s 3,000 people whose lives have changed forever….read more.