Written By: Devin Golden

Testimonials for Mesothelioma Guide

At Mesothelioma Guide, we are proud of how many mesothelioma patients we have helped. Our patient advocates have assisted mesothelioma patients with everything from finding a doctor to filing for compensation. Below are testimonials from people about how we made their difficult journey a little easier.

Karen Ritter, RN BSN

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Karen Ritter, RN BSN

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Testimonials From Patients and Loved Ones

Richard D.: “I would like to take this time to express my gratitude to Carl Jewett. He worked with me step by step to help me file the claim with the VA. He also is very knowledgeable in every aspect that has to do with the filling. Again thank you!!! I just found out today that I am getting 100% Disability Compensation thanks to Carl Jewett and it was all done in just three months.”

Flo B.: “I cannot express more gratitude I have from working with Carl. He was the first contact we made after my husband was first diagnosed with mesothelioma and he was so very helpful. From contacting a doctor, who called us on the spot, to helping my husband fill out all the paperwork necessary for VA benefits. He was very knowledgeable and competent! It was a trying and difficult time and Carl’s reassuring way brought comfort in the process. When my husband passed away, he stepped up and made sure I was able to follow through with finishing the process with the VA. Professional, caring, efficient and prompt with responses! I am so thankful.”

Mary C.: “When we discovered my father had mesothelioma we started to research this disease. As a result, we were contacted by Carl Jewett of Mesothelioma Guide. As a veteran himself, he offered guidance concerning paperwork and provided us information regarding entitled benefits for our father. Through his guidance, valued information and assistance, we achieved getting dad 100% disability with the VA all because Carl guided us each step of the way. His response to my phone calls, emails and texts were quick and helpful. When faced with this diagnosis and seeking assistance for a veteran, Mesothelioma Guide and its representatives ease the burden on the family by providing accurate and knowledgeable guidance for the veteran. The information packet they initially provide is a good source of information concerning this disease and resources available. They are one of the most organized, professional and effective organizations providing assistance to veterans.”

Stephan K.: “Carl Jewett was a shining star on a cloudy day. I had no idea how to put a claim into the VA. Here he was with loads of information, putting through the forms, answering questions on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. He was always courteous and sympathetic when speaking with me. He walked me through the process, by answering emails and text messages promptly, and then he submitted my forms to the VA. He made it so much easier for me. Thank you, Carl Jewett.”

Dustan M.: “The support and help we have gotten with my dad’s pleural mesothelioma case from the Mesothelioma Guide has been indispensable. We probably could not have helped him to obtain the additional VA benefits he was able to receive before he passed away. It is a very complicated process. A big part of the process is just knowing what needs to be done and what can be done. Then knowing how to do it. We would not have gotten what we got without them.  Thanks!”

Justin E., from Charlotte, N.C.: “No matter what the outcome is, this gave us peace of mind and validated what a good doctor and hospital system looks like.

Thank you again! I can’t tell you how grateful we are for your guidance.

Dr. Levine was extremely helpful, his bedside manner was outstanding, and he answered all of our questions with honesty and empathy. He gave us a great second opinion with the choice of having the debulking surgery plus HIPEC.”

Larry S.: “After being diagnosed with mesothelioma this year after four years of U.S. Navy service in the 1970s as a BT2, my experience with Carl Jewett, VA claims representative, and the entire team, was thorough and demonstrated caring and concern. I was completely satisfied with the efforts that the group provided to me and my family. Thanks!”

Susan S.: “My father was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in October at Brigham and Womans in Boston. While there for an orientation about mesothelioma, we were given a packet with several resources. Carl Jewett was in that packet as a resource and was the first person we contacted. I cannot express how grateful we are and how much he helped during this difficult time. He was very knowledgeable and worked quickly to get things rolling for my dad.”

Tina J.: “I’m a registered nurse so when my 32-year-old nephew was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, I began combing the internet for information and the best treatment options. I saw several mesothelioma websites and hesitantly filled out a form on one of them. I almost immediately received a call from a law firm. After that, I had no intention of reaching out to any of the other mesothelioma websites but somehow mistakenly reached out to Mesothelioma Guide, and thank goodness I did. When patient advocate Karen Ritter returned my call, I didn’t answer the call. However, when I listened to her voicemail, I recognized that this was someone who knew what she was talking about and who could be very helpful.

I called her back immediately and within 15 minutes, she had provided invaluable information about his diagnosis as well as the names and contact information for the top mesothelioma medical and surgical oncologists in the country. The contact information led us directly to the best person to speak with in order to expedite an appointment. After meeting with the doctors recommended by Karen, my nephew was fortunate to have so many excellent choices and was treated by one of the most experienced and respected surgeons in the country. The surgery was done quickly and was extremely effective in treating the cancer.

My nephew and his family are so grateful for Karen’s assistance in finding a doctor as well as her continued assistance in navigating his treatments and in answering the many questions we had had along the way.”

James H.: “I am so happy with the great service that was provided to me by Mr. Carl Jewett. I can assure you it would have been impossible for me to initiate any disability request let alone one that is accurate and complete as Mr. Jewett has guided me in. His successful help is immeasurable.”

Claudia S.: “You are a dear friend and an angel when I needed one. There are no words, and I mean no words, to express how you helped me.”

Teree R., from Canton, Ohio: “My husband and I contacted MesotheliomaGuide for help and information regarding his mesothelioma diagnosis. Karen immediately responded and sent us valuable information. I loved having a paper copy of the MesotheliomaGuide book. The diagrams and treatment information are great for me to refer to and to help others understand this disease. Karen has stayed with us throughout this unexpected journey.

We believed in our physicians locally and at the Cleveland Clinic who gave excellent care and compassion. We also did our own research and added complementary supplements which we strongly believe is helping. We have received blessings. My husband’s journey has been up and down, like most mesothelioma cases. But one must remain hopeful. HOPE is profound certainty. We receive what we ask for and believe.”

Donna L., from Apopka, Florida: “On July 31, 2014, our world came crashing down when my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

I started to do some research and was given Carl Jewett’s name, who specialized in assisting veterans with VA claims. I was skeptical because I did not know how to begin to do anything with the VA. I was still so numb and needed help at this difficult time in our lives. So I decided to make the call.

Truly, he was a life saver. He was very sympathetic to what we were going through plus guided us on ALL the forms that were needed. I can honestly say we thank our lucky stars we found this organization and hope he will ease a few more veterans through their ordeal.

He was outstanding working with us and he even followed up with us to make sure we received our letter from the VA. Great organization and truly hope you make that call.”

Sandra M.: “The genuine care and expert guidance provided to myself and my family during this difficult time was beyond what I could have hoped for.  It made all the difference in the world to my family.”

Julie M., from Boise, Idaho: “I appreciate you sending the trial involving Keytruda. That drug has been on our radar. We sought a second opinion and that oncologist mentioned Keytruda. We will give that information to our local oncologist.

Please please use me as a reference. I have so appreciated your prompt responses and professionalism. Most of all, I have appreciated a kind voice (cyber and real) to help me navigate through this clinical trial maze. It can be a wee bit daunting.

Thank you again. You are very appreciated.”

Christine E.: “Carl Jewett of Mesothelioma Guide has been a phenomenal resource for me and my dad in processing dad’s VA claim. He was professional, responsive and provided detailed information to ensure meeting all of the requirements.

If you are in need of a resource to support you or a loved one, I would highly recommend reaching out to Carl Jewett.”

Bob K., from Shenandoah, Pennsylvania: “My father and I would like to thank you for all the help that you have given us regarding my father’s VA claim due to his asbestos exposure while working in the boiler room aboard ship serving in the US Navy. When my father was first diagnosed with asbestos disease, our first thought was filing a VA claim would be a very long, drug-out ordeal that would take years. But, thankfully after talking to you, you cleared up all of our ill thoughts about how the VA works.

Your information about how to file a claim made it very easy for us. From sending us the proper forms, to explaining how to write an exposure summary and what to expect from the VA during this trying time was tremendously appreciated. We thank you Carl, and hope that other military veterans, who were exposed to asbestos when they proudly served their country, seek help through mesotheliomaguide.com. Thank you for all your help.”

Tom B.: “I was overwhelmed by the fast and precise help I got at Mesothelioma Guide. Carl Jewett was the best at his job. The response was so fast it only took an hour or so to get an answer to my questions. When the VA had a problem, Carl sent instructions on what to say and in the proper terms the VA understands. My problems with the VA were solved in minutes.”

Jennifer C., from Grand Rapids, Michigan: “Thank you cannot begin to describe the appreciation I have for all you have done for me and my husband as I struggled to deal with his mesothelioma diagnosis. Your advice about the available medical treatments, the doctors you recommended and even the law firm you put me in touch with have been a Godsend. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without your guidance. Thank you again for the time you have devoted to me and my husband, but most importantly for the genuine concern you showed. I feel that you are a part of our family now. God bless you and your organization.”

Deb Y., from Schaumburg, Illinois: “I would like to thank you for all the help that you have given us regarding my father’s mesothelioma diagnosis that he got from working in boiler rooms in the Navy and during his civilian career. Your information about VA benefits was so helpful. And when my father was first diagnosed with mesothelioma, we knew he could file claims against the companies that made the asbestos he was exposed to, but assumed the process would be difficult and take years. And we had no idea how to go about finding a good mesothelioma law firm with experience in representing vets with this horrible disease. But, thankfully, after talking to you, you cleared up all of our misconceptions about how the legal system works in these cases, and you recommended a firm that has been absolutely wonderful in representing my dad.

We cannot thank you enough Carl, and hope that other people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma take your advice. Thank you for all your help.”

Margaret M., from Ontario, Canada: “Thank you so much for the information you provided our daughter about Dr. Marc de Perrot. My husband had the EPP surgery one week ago today with Dr. Perrot and thankfully everything went according to plan. My husband and I feel very privileged and lucky to have found Dr. Perrot and to qualify for this clinical trial. That together with the literature you sent, your support and interest have been a light through a dark tunnel. Thank you so very much for everything.”

Terry C., from Loudon, Tennessee: “I want to thank you for all the help you gave me as I struggled to deal with my mesothelioma. Your advice was detailed with all the things I needed to do to reach the benefits available for living with this disease and the help that is available.

You helped take away the uncertainty I was faced with on how to proceed. Thanks.”

Virginia G., from Redondo Beach, California: “I wanted you to know how much I appreciated your assistance with my brother’s care. Most important, is that I do and did appreciate your help and direction with his insurance/disability issues. It was important to him and his family.”

Gissel B., from Ontario, Canada: “Thank you so very much for the detailed information you provided for my dad’s VA claim. All I know is that his face always lights up when he talks about the navy. His heart and soul was in the navy. Thank you again for your time and most importantly your proactive concern about my dad.”

Mark S., from Manchester, Kentucky: “Just wanted to let you know that dad’s VA claim was approved at 100%. You can’t even imagine how much this will help my family through these hard times. Without you, there’s no way we would have been able to get through the paperwork and filing process as fast as we did. What you’re doing to help families is awesome. Keep up the excellent work! Thank you so much!!!”

Phil L., from Sanford, Maine: “Great help and guidance from Carl with the process of filing a VA claim. Carl also assisted us with other cancer claims in addition to the mesothelioma claim resulting from my Vietnam service. Carl was always only a phone call away when we needed to speak to him. He never made us wait. He always got right back to us within a day. It is extremely satisfying to have an experienced Naval Officer to rely on.

Carl also suggested we get in touch with a very professional and respected law firm who have given us tremendous support.

God Bless Carl”

Sources & Author

Devin Golden

About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the senior content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.