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After 3 happy years together, my jobless boyfriend has been diagnosed with Pericardial Mesothelioma. His health had been great until recently when he started having trouble breathing and shooting abdominal pain. Initially I was shattered and I was not sure how to deal with the news. Then I realized that it is important to consider what to do next to help improve his health condition. I had heard that some courses of treatment would make it possible for him to get over the disease and he might get completely cured if the disease is in its initial stages. I was also sure that he would not consider treatment unless he was fully aware of the disease and knew that the treatment would not cost him money and he has been jobless for over a year.
Miles for Meso is a program conducted for cancer awareness and research. It is a 5k race with attractive cash prizes. This walk/run will be not only fun but also educational. Whatever be your age or athletic capacity, you can participate in this event as it is targeted towards creating mesothelioma awareness in society and whatever little you do is sure to impact the cause.
Mesothelioma affects thousands of families in the US every year. Most people are diagnosed well into the later years of their lives because the disease is able to hide in the body for anywhere from 20 to 50 years. This means that most patients are grandparents by the time they are diagnosed. It also means that when they are diagnosed, they are already terminal in most cases and the family members need know how to deal with the disease and impending loss of a relative.
My dad was exposed to asbestos while at work which lead to him contracting the deadly disease, eventually leading to his untimely death. The symptoms of Mesothelioma were non-specific and it took more than 30 years to appear from the time he was exposed to asbestos at his workplace. The symptoms included shortness of breath and severe pain in his chest due to accumulation of fluid around his lungs. It also led to him losing weight.