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In 2006, Chris Friesan was informed that his father had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Harvey Friesan had worked in the Royal Canadian Navy out of Halifax for 10 years in the 1950's. This is where he was exposed to the disease that would take his life 40 years later - the ships he worked upon contained asbestos.

Hi all! My name is Dirk John Jansema, and I was diagnosed with stage 4 Mesothelioma. I am 61 years young and before my lung was infected with this disease I could hike for miles and ride my bicycle for hours. I worked on industrial construction for 30 years in pulp mills, shipyards, oil patch, and power generation stations. Most all the jobs were infested with Asbestos but we were never told it was dangerous until the late 1980s.

I am a 55 year old woman. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2008. I had a round of chemo and returned to work March 2009. In March of 2010, I started retaining fluid and had another round of chemo. Now I am recovering. I feel good but I am unable to work. I have been trying to do things that I want to. Because life was too short to start. Now, I'm going to lose a lot of life I thought I had left. I thought I had about thirty years left, who knows if I have thirty months.

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