Patient Stories

Here, mesothelioma patients and their families bravely tell their inspiring stories. If you would like to share your experience about how mesothelioma has impacted you or a family member, please contact

David and Jane Nurse
David and Jane Nurse

David was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2018. Following surgery, he now has scans every three months. David wanted to share his story to...

Richard Powell
Richard Powell

Richard, 62, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2018. He has had no treatment since August 2018 and is determined to ‘live with cancer, not...

John Myers

John Myers, 74, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2018. He is currently not on any medication and awaiting to hear about treatment and...

Linda Lakin
Linda Lakin

Sadly, Linda passed away in December 2018. She was an ambassador for Mesothelioma UK and strongly believed in sharing experiences and was passionate...

Jerry Lakin

Jerry Lakin, whose wife died of mesothelioma earlier in December 2018, made a shocking discovery recently when he requested to see his armed forces...

Janet Blunt

John Blunt’s wife, Janet, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2013 and sadly died the following year. Janet was keen to leave a legacy that...

Lins Prentice

Lins (Lindsey) Prentice died of mesothelioma in May 2017 aged 49, just two weeks after marrying Laura. Laura wanted to share their story so that...

Jenny Norton
Jenny Norton

Update: Sadly, Jenny passed away in September 2018. Her story shows her positive attitude and determination to enjoy the time she had left. Jenny is...

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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 is now stable. He is working and living a ‘new kind of normal’ with his family.