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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.

My father died in 1974 of what I now know was mesothelioma. The doctors called it lung cancer. My father smoked so when I questioned vetrans affairs about exposure to asbestos in the navy. They said it was from smoking.

When I got sick I knew right away what it was and what I have to look forward to. I lived one side and now I live the other side. Neither side is good.

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