Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Among those, the majority are men. The reasoning for this is thought to be past asbestos exposure at occupations common to men, such as military members, construction workers and machinists. Although the rate of mesothelioma is lower in women than men, some women are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Ginger is one of those women.
When Ginger was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2010, she was 40 years old. To make matters worse, her husband Jarrod was already fighting a benign brain tumor. Both Ginger and her husband could not work due to their medical situations. The couple was dealing with heavy financial burdens from medical costs.
Following her diagnosis, Ginger underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. Despite her doctor’s disapproval, Ginger took a mission trip to Nicaragua about one year after her diagnosis.
While in Nicaragua, Ginger helped other members of their church distribute meals to children. She spent a great deal of time with the children and loved every minute of it.
“Once you’ve walked with cancer, you understand how fragile life is,” she said. “[N]obody is getting out of [this Earth] alive.”
The Firm was proud to help Ginger win the compensation that eased some of the financial burden cast on her through her mesothelioma diagnosis. It was because of the successful outcome of their mesothelioma lawsuit that Ginger and Jarrod were able to focus on more important things.
“Once the financial weight is off your brain, it’s easier to worry about the things that matter,” said Ginger, “[like] my treatments, getting better and quality of life.”
Today, Ginger volunteers for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and helps lead a prayer group for mesothelioma survivors, caregivers and their families.
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