A Hidden Burden

April 27, 2021 By Nicholas Vogelzang

As an attorney representing people with cancer due to asbestos exposure (primarily mesothelioma), I have seen families face stage IV cancer in an up-close and personal manner, watching them in the initial stages of diagnosis, through the treatment and after the loss.   Mesothelioma usually isn’t detected until it’s in late stage, with initial symptoms like…

Mesothelioma Explained

February 4, 2021 By Erika R. Whitehead

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the protective lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, chest, heart, abdomen and testicles. The disease is often classified into four types. Those types include pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and tunica vaginalis mesothelioma. Of these types, pleural mesothelioma is the most common.  Unfortunately, the prognosis is often…

Battling Mesothelioma: An Enduring Fight

January 11, 2021 By Erika R. Whitehead

His children would say he always had a bit of a cough, though it was nothing too serious. When James Battreall was diagnosed with acute bronchitis in 2018, it was the first of two misdiagnoses before doctors finally discovered what was actually going on. A couple of months later, Battreall was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a…

The Wilderness Between Love and Loss

November 6, 2020 By Erika R. Whitehead

The loss of her aunt and uncle converged upon Victoria Bennett, an award-winning poet, author, and founder of the Wild Woman Press in the U.K., pushing her toward the eventual devastating reality of losing her mother, Maureen. Bennett had become painfully familiar with the finality of death. Seven years before she lost her mom, Bennett’s eldest sister…