Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Shelly and Craig’s story begins in 1998, when Craig started to lose weight and noticed a build-up of fluid in his abdomen. These symptoms led him to the doctor, where he was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.
Even with this news, Craig and his family were determined to fight. “We started researching,” said Shelly. “We were determined to do everything we could to save him.” The family packed up their bags and started traveling to meet different doctors. They found one in New York who gave them the most hope and made them feel confident they were in the right place. “When you find a place that you feel you’re comfortable with, jump in with both feet and don’t look back,” was Shelly’s advice to others who might experience their situation.
Travel for Treatment
Over the next few years, Craig and Shelly frequently traveled from their home in Missouri to New York for surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. “I think the toughest part was leaving our daughter behind,” Shelly said as tears filled her eyes.
It was the thought of their daughter, Emily, who ultimately drove Craig and Shelly to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.
“Our first priority was getting Craig well,” Shelly said. But, a couple months into their journey with mesothelioma, the thought of losing Craig started to take an overwhelming toll on Shelly. As a stay at home mom, she was not sure how she and her daughter would get along financially. Shelly was particularly concerned about the future and how she would send her daughter to college. After discussing this with Craig, the couple agreed to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.