LaTanyta’s Story

LaTanyta Manuel’s husband, Andrew, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2002 after having been exposed to asbestos both as a child in New Orleans and throughout his life. After a series of surgeries and chemotherapy, Andrew lost his battle against mesothelioma in January of 2004. He left behind LaTanyta and their three children.

Andrew always encouraged his family to “never give up.” Today, LaTanyta honors his memory through her volunteer work for the Mesothelioma Applied Research and advocacy for victim’s rights.

 

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Pleural Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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After experiencing severe back pain, LaTantyta’s husband, Andrew, saw several doctors to diagnosis the cause.

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LaTanyta and Andrew tell their children about their father’s mesothelioma diagnosis.

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LaTanyta shares how Andrew was exposed to the asbestos that caused his mesothelioma.

Treating Pleural Mesothelioma

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LaTanyta describes her family’s experience as her husband underwent surgery to remove his left lung.

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After surgery, LaTanyta and Andrew are dismayed by new information from the doctor.

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LaTanyta describes how pleural mesothelioma affected Andrew both physically and emotionally.

Coping with the Loss of a Spouse to Mesothelioma

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Andrew wanted his family to be taken care of should mesothelioma eventually take his life. LaTanyta expresses how filing a mesothelioma lawsuit ensured financial security for her and her three children.

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LaTanyta describes her personal mourning process after Andrew’s death, and how his advice to her and their three children helps them move forward today.

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LaTanyta shares how she coped with the loss of her husband in 2004. In this video, she encourages others not to give up, to have hope, and to stay strong for their loved one.

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“Andrew said to me, ‘The one thing I want is for my family to survive, even if I don’t.’ A financial settlement has brought me and my family, today, to where we are.
-LaTanyta

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