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When you visit the doctor when you are dealing with a frightening diagnosis such as malignant mesothelioma, it is easy to get a little confused while you try  to familiarize yourself with new medical terms. You may hear something one way, but your support person, who was also at the appointment, heard something different.  This can happen to anyone. There are reasons for hearing the same words, but not hearing what the person is trying to say. There is a four-second audio clip going around [...]

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Broken Heart
There is an old saying that someone “died of a broken heart.” Is there any truth in that saying? A few years ago a healthy young woman was admitted to the cardiac care unit of the hospital we work at, with all the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. She had chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. On imaging, her heart was so weak that it had assumed an abnormal bulging shape. Testing was done and it was determined that she had not suffered a heart attack, but had a reversible cardiac [...]

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Mature dMesothelioma Hospitals and Doctorsoctor looking at a radiography
To be diagnosed and live with malignant mesothelioma is a life changing event. It is a long and winding road for many, with twists and turns that cannot be predicted or planned for. This week we saw a patient and his wife who are dealing with the end of life. He was diagnosed two years ago with malignant pleural mesothelioma.  He has been through surgery, chemotherapy, a clinical trial, he has made the decision, after there were no more treatment options left for him, to enter hospice care. [...]

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Patient's Mesothelioma Journey is Different From Each Other
The Royal Family has a new baby!  The baby boy’s arrival was expected and joyous. Most women create a plan when they become pregnant: prenatal care, a birth plan, and the date of the baby’s arrival. There is much joy and anticipation on how lives will be changed with the arrival.  Education about pregnancy and delivery is easily obtainable by the mother, partner, and extended family. It is a time of life that a lot of plans are made. Everyone’s birth is a different and unique experience. [...]

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Mesothelioma Patients' second opinion
There are two life experiences that we all share. We are all born, and we are all going to die. We are all going to die, but no one wants to talk about it. If we do talk about death, it is usually in general terms – not from our own personal perspective. Recognizing this issue, there are resources to help all of us think about what we want at the end-of-life. April has been designated National Healthcare Decision Month, with April 16 named National Healthcare Decision Day. There is a [...]

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