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 meso@sandstarcomms.com

Colin Morris
Colin Morris

Two years on from diagnosis...and stable. Colin Morris, 73, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2016. Colin was exposed to asbestos both during...

David Staley
David Staley

Currently feeling well and on no medication David, 42, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2015. He is currently feeling well and on no...

Vivienne Swain
Vivienne Swain

My name is Vivienne, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2015 aged 59. In April 2015 I had a really bad chest infection which needed 2 lots...

Caleb Saunderson
Caleb Saunderson

Living a 'new kind of normal'   Caleb Saunderson (46), was diagnosed in 2017 with both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. In 2016 he began to...

Robert Henderson
Robert Henderson

My dad was a very active man he ran, he did half marathons, triathlons, and the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle run. In his early years my dad trained as...

Steve Gardner
Steve Gardner

Steve Gardner – a lover of life who never gave up By his daughter, Paula Bacon Today is the London Marathon, 23 April 2017, a day full of memories...

Mavis Nye
Mavis Nye

I am often asked the question how I feel knowing that I have given my wife a death sentence. That question sounds ominous, but refers to the fact...

Helen’s hike
Helen’s hike

Helen was diagnosed in April 2016 and had surgery followed by chemotherapy. This is her story, as told by her husband, Tony. 15 May 2017 I am a 62...

Tim Stokes
Tim Stokes

“I’ll teach the children how to live with cancer not how to die from it.” July 2017 I was diagnosed in February 2015 by a lovely, but rather...

Patient Blogs

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.

https://davestaleyblog.wordpress.com/

 



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.

https://notdoingthingsbyhalf.wordpress.com

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.

www.rayandmave.wordpress.com

 



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.

https://mesofarsowhat.wordpress.com/author/caleberson/