Mesothelioma Guide recently got in touch with our survivor, Kendra Ferreira. She was kind enough to answer a few questions that many people ask when they contact our patient advocates.
Kendra’s responses were so inspiring that we have decided to break up her answers into a 2 part series. With that being said, please make sure that you check back with us on Thursday.
Understanding Your Prognosis
It is important that mesothelioma patients remember that a prognosis is a prediction. This is just a doctor’s educated guess as to what the outcome of a patient’s disease is going to be.
Nobody wants to be told that they have a life expectancy of 12 to 21 months. However, there have been many mesothelioma survivors, just like Kendra, who have outlived their prognosis.
When Kendra was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, she was given a 24 month prognosis. Here is what she had to say about her prognosis.
Q: How did you get over your initial prognosis?
Preparing for Treatment
Treatment for mesothelioma is an aggressive process for a patient to endure. Treatment can consist of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In many circumstances, these treatment options can be combined to combat a patient’s disease.
Kendra’s treatment plan consisted of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Here is what she told Mesothelioma Guide in response to preparing for treatment.
Q: What advice would you give about prepping for treatment. Did you take any specific supplements, have big changes in your diet, or do any workout routines?
Words Every Patient Needs to Know
Many mesothelioma warriors and their loved ones contact Mesothelioma Guide’s patient advocates Jenna Campagna and Carl Jewett. Their mission is to provide the best resources and answers to any questions that are directed their way.
Sometimes the best answers can come from someone that a patient can truly relate to. With that being said, we are thankful for Kendra taking the time to share her words of wisdom with us. Here is what she believes that every mesothelioma patient needs to hear.
Q: What words do you think that every mesothelioma patient needs to hear?
As previously mentioned, this is only the first part of what Kendra shared with us. Make sure that you check back on Thursday. To check out more survivor stories just like Kendra’s, you can request a free Mesothelioma Survivors Guide.
Did some of Kendra’s advice help answer any questions that you may be having?
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- Interview with Kendra Ferreira. Retrieved from: Personal Email. Accessed: 10/15/2017.