My name is Paul Kraus and I have survived mesothelioma for over 20 years.
One day in 1997 at the age of 52, I went to my doctor complaining of a protrusion from my navel. I was quickly diagnosed with an umbilical hernia and referred to a surgeon to have it repaired. I was assured that this was a routine minor procedure. While repairing the hernia, the surgeon noticed that I had extensive tumors growing inside my abdomen.
Later that day, I got the grim news. The surgeon bluntly told me that based on what he had seen, I had widespread cancer and had no hope at all. He also told me that I would have to wait for the pathology report and then see an oncologist.
I waited three weeks with this dreadful news. The surgeon could be wrong I thought. It’s possible, I tried to convince myself. Finally, after 23 days I had my consultation with the oncologist. He told me that I had mesothelioma and that I had less than a year to live.
In the days, weeks and months following my diagnosis…
My wife and I were shocked, fearful, and feeling very vulnerable.
Stress was a major problem. This was especially so when we visited doctors and tried navigating the bewildering and frustrating health system.
We found that the conventional therapies, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, were palliative. This meant they would not cure, but were designed to possibly extend survival time.
Surgery was offered to me, but I was warned that it would be very debilitating and would not cure me. My wife and I immediately researched as thoroughly as we could every aspect of mesothelioma.
I devoted all my energy to convert my ignorance and bewilderment into knowledge that would help me turn this illness around, or at least halt its progress.
I was fiercely determined to do everything I could to remain healthy. My family needed me.
The loving support of my wife and two sons was a strong motivator to stay well. I also had things I wanted to contribute to my fellow human beings. I felt that it was simply not my time to go.
I gradually grew confident in my ability to heal and 20 years later I am still here. In the days following my diagnosis, I knew what I would do. I began…
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