Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mesothelioma Issues and It's Victims

There have been a lot of advertisements on the television about a Mesothelioma Lawyer in almost every state, representing victims of this horrible lung cancer. Those of you who don't know what Mesothelioma actually is, the most common form is from the inhalation of asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos reacts with the soft tissue in the lungs and around the sack that encompasses the lungs once breathed in and causes irritation which causes the body to send white cells to destroy the offending invader. Since the invader is a mineral the white cells cannot destroy it and more white cells are dispatched, causing a vicious cycle to emerge which ends up as Mesothelioma. Asbestos was, from the time I was a child and sooner, a widely accepted and proven form of fire resistance and insulation for such things as ventilation systems, furnace jackets, ceiling tiles, roofing and siding materials, and many, many other things. When I was a child I used to play with it in it's raw form. It was cool, a rock you could shred into long fibers. What did I know? For that matter, what did anyone know back in the 60's? It was fantastic, in lieu of modern alternatives, until it entered your lungs. Mineral fiber in the lungs will react with the soft tissue and your body will try to have the white cells destroy them, almost like using a coffee cup to apply water to a house fire to extinguish it, a futile venture which repeats onto itself until your lungs are useless blobs. My father in law passed away from this affliction several years ago, before it was known about. He was a fireman who went into burning buildings where asbestos was shredding into the air, before air tanks were standard equipment. It doesn't take a lot of exposures to start the chain going, once the fiber is inhaled it's in to stay.

I know there have been class action suits against manufacturers of these products and if someone in your family or someone you are aware of is a victim it's important that they contact a Mesothelioma Attorney who specializes in this type of litigation. Mesothelioma isn't pretty but it is preventable, and in some cases survivable. Not everybody with Mesothelioma Disease is destined for the inevitable final result that was once a fact of life, there are survivors that are documented. Like everything else, cases are on an individual basis and there is no cure-all, as great as that would be. It would have been great if the doctor said to my wife's family that her father had treatable Mesothelioma instead of Malignant Mesothelioma. Even malignant isn't a finality anymore like it once was and I believe that's a big step forward and the next big steps need to be for cures, or long term work-around's to extend viable survival. No one wants to be 'tubed up' in a hospital bed so they can say they lived a year longer. That's not viable life to me.