July 11, 2013 Posted by Sam Johnson
Louisiana born and bred, Abe Cherry spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic before retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1981. His next career was in the forest industry in Louisiana where he performed maintenance in paper mills before he retired for the last time in 2006.
As for his diagnosis and the impact on his life , Abe says: “Dr. Cameron has saved my life. And I’m doing all I can do; that’s the lesson; you do what you have to do. It’s one step at a time.”A persistent non-productive cough sent him to the doctor In August 2011. A cat scan and biopsy revealed he had mesothelioma. Two rounds of chemotherapy later, Abe heard about Dr. Cameron and flew to Los Angeles for treatment. In December 2011, Dr. Cameron performed surgery, removing part of his diaphragm and starting him on radiation therapy.