Mary Jane’s Story

Her story begins in 2003, when she was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the abdomen. For a year, Mary Jane struggled to understand her symptoms of a bloating abdomen and episodes of profuse sweating. Then, during a gall bladder surgery, the doctors found out she had mesothelioma.

She and her family were shocked to learn of her diagnosis, and immediately took action to combat the disease. They contacted the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for help finding a specialist who could treat Mary Jane’s unique case. Ultimately, a few specialists in New York helped Mary Jane fight her peritoneal mesothelioma through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

When she was first diagnosed, and even when she started treating her disease, filing a mesothelioma lawsuit against asbestos companies was the last thing on Mary Jane’s mind. Yet, she soon learned why fighting for compensation was important and became a client of Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national mesothelioma law firm.

Since becoming cancer free, Mary Jane Williams shares her story and acts as an advocate for mesothelioma patients across the country.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Mary Jane describes how doctors discovered she had peritoneal mesothelioma while performing gall bladder surgery.

After a period of shock, Mary Jane turns to the internet to learn about her mesothelioma diagnosis.

“You’ve got to keep a positive attitude,” Mary Jane starts as she begins to explain how to cope with a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Finding a Mesothelioma Specialist

After visiting a series of doctors who could not identify mesothelioma, Mary Jane stresses the importance of finding a mesothelioma specialist.

Mary Jane details her search for the right doctor who could help her treat her unique case of peritoneal mesothelioma.

When cancer changed her life and she started to travel for treatments, Mary Jane’s husband never left her side.

Treating Peritoneal Mesothelioma

After extensive surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Mary Jane is now cancer free.

Mary Jane describes her experience with “The Red Devil,” a type of chemotherapy for peritoneal mesothelioma patients.

“You need it. You need it for your treatments. You need it for your transportation. You need the compensation,” Mary Jane says about filing a mesothelioma claim.

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