Patient Stories

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Paying tribute to Caroline’s life
Paying tribute to Caroline’s life

After following careers in the NHS and other related sectors, husband and wife, Darren and Caroline Lyons moved to their dream destination of...

Julia’s story
Julia’s story

Julia Tabreham, a support group attendee who was diagnosed with mesothelioma 5 years ago, has shared her brave story: "Heading out to work five and...

Fiona’s Story
Fiona’s Story

In this interview, Fiona, 61, describes the shock she felt when, after months of tests, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Recently having moved...

Brian Wallis
Brian Wallis

Brian Wallis’ military connections go back at least four generations and he himself served as a Logistics Officer with MoD before retiring in 1996....

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David Staley was diagnosed in October 2015, three weeks before his 40th birthday. Having never knowingly worked with asbestos, the diagnosis was a complete bombshell.

Three weeks after diagnosis, David had his left lung removed before starting four months of chemotherapy in January 2016. He’s now back at work full time, trying to lead a ‘normal’ life with his wife Alison and children Joshua & Erin.

David is extremely grateful for the support from family, friends, doctors, nurses etc and believes that he wouldn’t be where he is today without it.


Dr. Mags Portman 
began writing her blog in January 2017 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, aged 42. Mags is a Consultant at Mortimer Market Centre in London, which is part of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Tragically, Mags Portman died in February 2019. Mags was a true inspiration, committed to research and finding better treatments even if, as she herself said, she wouldn’t be able to ‘ride the crest of the wave.’ Our sincere condolences go to Mags’ family.


Mavis Nye
 was diagnosed with mesothelioma when she was exposed to asbestos from her husband’s work clothes decades ago. However, since the diagnosis Mavis has certainly been busy having set up two websites, written a book about the day to day life of dealing with mesothelioma and becoming an active part of Meso Warriors. Mavis was awarded with the IATP 2013 Award for her work in raising asbestos awareness around the world.


Caleb Saunderson
, 46, was diagnosed with both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in 2017.  After a course of chemotherapy, Caleb’s cancer was stable for four years. He wrote about living a ‘new kind of normal’ with his family. Sadly, Caleb died in 2021 and the final posts in his blog come from his wife, Cate.

Disclaimer: These stories are based on personal experience and do not constitute medical advice. We recommend you speak to your healthcare team or phone our support line if you have any questions relating to your care or treatment.

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