Mesothelioma survivor Mike Dews continues to outlive his mesothelioma diagnosis by remaining active, including “hitting the links” as often as he can.
What does swinging a golf club have to do with fighting pleural mesothelioma? It means a whole lot to Mike Dews, who has been surviving mesothelioma for over 10 years! He has been able to swing his golf clubs and play 18 holes while walking since 2001. In the 2010 Steven Downey Golf Tournament, his team posted the fifth lowest score out of 38 teams. Mike also finds joy and appreciation in handling everyday chores such as mowing the lawn and shoveling snow from the driveway.
How did Mike survive having pleural mesothelioma for so long? Before Mike was diagnosed in December 2000, he was misdiagnosed several times. Fluid samples taken from his lungs indicated he didn’t have mesothelioma. However, a biopsy proved correctly that he was stricken with mesothelioma and was given 90 days to live. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the only immediate treatment he could receive at that time was chemotherapy. Yet after seeking better medical help, Mike had his first surgery in February 2001 and was cancer-free for three years. Although he endured recurrences in 2004, 2006 and 2007, he was able to counter back with surgery and chemotherapy.
What did Mike rely on to survive for so long with pleural mesothelioma? He points out his reasons as being very active and maintaining a positive mental state. He chose to walk as much as possible. By living in the present, Mike continues to keep a keen sense of humor and enjoys every good day as best as he can.
Mike’s success in surviving cancer is credited to his belief in reality and a strong commitment to taking what each day gives him. In a recent interview, Mike encourages everyone who has mesothelioma:
“Take control, ask questions, and get the best doctors available. This is not an easy journey, but it certainly beats the alternative. Challenge yourself. Use your family and friends for support, they are more than willing to help, even if it’s just listening.”
Mike is happily married for over three years now. We at Mesothelioma Blog are thankful for his story, and our hope is that it inspires you if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another form of cancer.
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