A new documentary titled Dirty Laundry will explore the people and lives that mesothelioma impacts. The film will premiere at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California on March 13th through the 18th.

Check out the trailer for Dirty Laundry below:

Background Story of Dirty Laundry

Every year in the United States there are approximately 2,000 to 3,000 confirmed cases of mesothelioma. The only known cause of this incurable disease is asbestos.

Annually, this rare cancer impacts the lives of families and loved ones. When two cousins had their grandmother succumb so suddenly to mesothelioma, they set out on a mission to get a better understanding of the disease.

In Dirty Laundry, Conor and Zack ride cross-country on bicycles to uncover more knowledge and truth about mesothelioma. During their journey, they meet a series of families and individuals that have been impacted by the asbestos-related disease.

Linda ReinsteinOne familiar face that the cousins meet is Linda Reinstein. Linda is the president/CEO and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Every day this nonprofit is an advocate for officially banning asbestos in the U.S. and eliminating asbestos-related diseases.

A lot of miles, sweat, and flat tires occur as Conor and Zack become closer to other members of the mesothelioma community. The cousins also get a better understanding of the harmful carcinogen that caused their grandmother’s passing.

“After the first day of riding it is safe to say we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into,” said a Facebook post made by the Dirty Laundry crew.

What Is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the protective lining that surrounds the lungs, abdomen, or heart. In extremely rare circumstances, it may develop in the lining of the testicles.

white asbestosAsbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. When an individual swallows or inhales asbestos fibers, they become lodged inside the mesothelium of their major organs.

The body tries to remove these trapped asbestos fibers, but it can’t. This causes genetic mutations to occur which eventually causes mesothelioma tumors to develop.

Unfortunately, it isn’t easy diagnosing mesothelioma. Generally, it takes anywhere from 20 to 50 years for symptoms of the disease to occur. In many scenarios, a patient isn’t even aware of what the cancer is or how it was caused.

Mesothelioma Warrior – You Are Not Alone

Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be life-changing for both patients and their loved ones. In moments like this, it is important that mesothelioma warriors and their supporters know that they are not alone.

Usually, a mesothelioma prognosis includes a life expectancy of 12 to 21 months. Today, many mesothelioma survivors are defying the odds by taking their outcome into their own hands.

Alexis Kidd - mesothelioma survivor“It doesn’t mean the end. It’s not the death sentence it used to be. Believe it. I’m proof,” said peritoneal mesothelioma survivor, Alexis Kidd.

Clinical trials provide mesothelioma patients with hope and advancements in treating the disease have come a long way and only continue to improve. Some patients are even reaching a state of remission.

Finding the best treatment plan and mesothelioma specialist is only part of the medical journey for a patient. They must also stay strong and be ready to fight.

Image of Nurse JennaHere at Mesothelioma Guide, we understand how difficult this milestone can be in your life. For more information about understanding your diagnosis, please contact Jenna Campagna. You can reach her at 888-385-2024 extension 102 or by emailing jenna@mesotheliomaguide.com.

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    Sources & Author

  1. SLO Film Fest. San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Retrieved from: https://slofilmfest.org/. Accessed: 02/21/2018.
  2. Dirty Laundry. Dirty Laundry. Retrieved from: https://asbestos.movie/. Accessed: 02/21/2018.
  3. Dirty Laundry. IMDb. Retrieved from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7974638/. Accessed: 02/21/2018.
  4. Dirty Laundry. Facebook. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/asbestosmovie/. Accessed: 02/21/2018.
  5. Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO and Co-Founder. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Retrieved from: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/6384. Accessed: 02/21/2018.
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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.