Let battle commence

Here goes for my first blog……

First of all a massive thankyou to everyone for all the support so far, it has been very overwhelming. With the support of family and friends I know we can overcome this battle…

Thankyou to the Gahagan’s for setting up and suggesting this blog. We will be writing updates on here as it is an easy way to keep everyone updated. Also if my story is shared and can help just one other person through a similar situation, I would be very happy.

Today we went to see Dr Waller who is one of the “Top surgeons in the UK if not the World” (quote from oncologist) for mesothelioma. He has carried out over 400 of these operations in the UK. He advised:
– 2 pathologists have said my biospy and CT scans are “compatable” with mesothelioma
– he has only treated a handful of cases with people my age or younger (positive!)
– mine is potentially stage 1, but could be stage 2 as symptoms could have started in 2013!
– Due to my young age and very healthy body (don’t laugh!) that he would recommend surgery to remove the lining between chest & lung, diaphragm (muscle to help you breathe- any medics please correct me if I’m wrong!), and also to remove my left lung.
– We have the option to keep the lung, and only remove the affected tissue, however he would recommend full removal to try and ensure cancer doesn’t grow back into the lung or spread. Amazingly recovery is quicker if you remove all the lung rather than part of it!
– The operation is pencilled in for Wednesday 25th November at Glenfield Leicester hospital. I will be in for 7-10 days (7 – I hope). Prior to that I need to go back for CT scans, and the surgeon is going to get one more opinion from a pathologist who deals with mesothelioma cases world-wide.
– He has had 2 cases out of 400 that have gone though the operation and it turns out it’s not mesothelioma. He has cases of people who have survived more than 5 years and one living 13 years. I am going to be one of his success stories, without a doubt …….

Today allows us to plan and focus on next steps. It has answered a lot of questions, and I feel at ease, and ready to do battle!

I feel very lucky to have the private medical cover through work, which allows me to get access to the best treatment very quickly. I know I am an unusual case, which is another positive as it gets my case reviewed by many, and they are going to throw the best treatment my way….

Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you. Please do continue, as together with your support, prayers and positivity, we can beat this…….

Lots of love
Dave & Ali

P.s Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, ideas below. I am also more than happy for this to be shared.

37 thoughts on “Let battle commence

  1. Brilliant idea Dave – amazing that you want to help others who may be on a similar journey – you really are an inspiration. I will look forward to reading your success story and celebrating your return to full health. Love & kisses.

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  2. Dave it’s fantastic that you’ve come away from Leicester with clarity about what to do next mate. So pleased you are in the hands of experts who you trust. You will hammer this whatever it turns out to be.
    In, out, and over the op in time for Christmas. Good early win. Keep racking up those wins and you’ll put all this behind you.
    Speak soon mate.

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  3. Shocked and saddened to hear this Dave! Glad to see you are positive in challenging this and facing this battle! Much love to you all x

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  4. Good luck David, you are an inspiration to us all. Thoughts, prayers and whatever other armaments you require are with you xxxx

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  5. Dave & Ali, we cannot get our heads around your news!! Your Dad has kept us up to date and we shall continue to support you all in whatever way we can. We are praying for you constantly, stay positive and know we will be with you throughout it all. Our love to you both. U. Peter &A Olive xxxx

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  6. Hi Dave. Great Idea. You are now in the elite group of Barclays bloggers such as Anthony Jenkins and Michael Harte. The lengths some people will go to! LOL. The news so far sounds really promising,and at least there is not too long to wait. And if a slightly protracted recovery gets you out of both the cooking and the washing up at Christmas, everyone is a winner! We will be thinking about you. Don’t forget to shout up when you fancy that pint and a catch-up with the Radbroke lot.

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  7. Truly saddened to hear this news, sure your strength and determination will help you through the next steps. Thinking of you and your family x

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  8. What a lot of info to get your heads around! Glad they’re able to move quickly, you’re in good hands with that team by the sounds of things. You are of course in our prayers, all our love xxx

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  9. Dear David you don’t know me I am Jane Gallacher’s sister Rose Ann I was with Jane and Stephen when they got your sad news (knocked them for six) our hope, prayers and positive thoughts are with you what a wonderful thing you are doing with this blog shows such strength I wish you and your family lots of luck stay strong I know Jane will keep us update on your progress xx

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  10. Will be supporting you all the way Dave. Looking forward to reading about your fight to defeat this and your return to health. Keep fighting!

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  11. Dave- just be the tough geezer u were wen u came to Mcr DLI ( before u revealed ur softie side lol) ur a grt person and we wish u luck and lots of love xx

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  12. Hi Dave one good thing about old friends and acquaintances being scattered among many churches is the HUGE prayer chain that makes. Don’t roll your eyes David! God is always there when you need him and so are we! When your going through hell just keep going. Lots of love jx

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  13. Hi Dave, the good thing about old friends scattered in many churches is the HUGH prayer chain that makes! ( don’t roll your eyes!) God is always there for you and so are we. When you’re going through hell just keep on going til you get through. Love Jx

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  14. Great idea to do this Dave + help others. If anyone can beat this you can. Sending you lots of positivity and prayers xx

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  15. So brave to be putting all this down , I’m sure it’s a great way to share your emotions!! Will look forward to watching your progress as that’s what it’ll be …. Progress!! Lots of luck for the op & your time in the hospital !! You’ll get endless care & recoup properly!!

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  16. Dave, it sounds like you’re going to be in the best hands. So glad that the Specialist has equipped both you & Ali with the information you need right now. That knowledge and clarity will help to keep both your focus. Keep hold of your positive and pro-active approach, that in itself is so powerful. Lots of love, kath & dan xxxx

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  17. Dave, it sounds like you’re going to be in the best hands. So glad that the Specialist has equipped both you & Ali with the information you need right now. That knowledge and clarity will help to keep both your focus over the coming weeks. Keep hold of your positive and pro-active approach, that in itself is so powerful. Lots of love, kath & dan xxxx

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  18. Keep the faith Dave!
    There is nothing to fear but fear itself, and it already seems you have a great team looking after you and the family!
    As a survivor, On borrowed time statistically, i had at every stage of diagnosis surgery & treatment & recovery, a positive experience, I didn’t have pain discomfort nor fear, as I simply followed instructions from the team of experts,
    I was a very good patient, and I suggest you to be too!
    I shall follow your journey with interest and support and loo forward to you becoming a life member of the survivor club!
    Love & best wishes to you and family
    Russ

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  19. David Please Join the Mesowarriors on Face book I have put your blog there as we write about our journeys. We have young people suffering with the disease as they work to strip it from DIY and from Schools -Good luck xx

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  20. Hi Dave, great blog. My husband Paul has mesothelioma diagnosed in 2012 at the age of 34. Like Mavis says, would be great to see you on the FB pages. You might be best to find Mavis and add her as a friend, she can add you then I’m sure. Good luck and hope we can connect and share journeys xx

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  21. Dave, thank you so much for letting everyone know how you are doing and how things are going. Like everyone else has said, your positivity is just brilliant and will help you so much. It is also really great to hear that you are getting the best treatment and support that you need. Take care and keep strong, sending best wishes to you and all your family. x

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  22. Dave and Alison you are an inspiration to us all, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John and Jane Bray (Emma Moore’s Mum and Dad)

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  23. Dave and Alison you are both an inspiration to us all, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jane and John Bray (Emma Moore’s parents)

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  24. Hi Dave

    You don’t know me, but your blog was recommended to me by a mutual acquaintance (she’s the HR manager where I work). I am a 40 year-old father of two and I last month I was diagnosed with pleural biphasic mesothelioma (right side). I have been referred to Glenfield and currently awaiting news on my treatment plan. All I know is I need chemo first because I’m not stable enough for surgery (although they are not talking of removing my lung).

    I admire your bravery in documenting this difficult time (I’ve yet to even tell most of my friends and work mates) and intend to read through your blog and follow your journey. Maybe I’ll document my own at some point.

    Regards

    Matt W

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    1. Matt really sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You are in the best hands with Mr Waller and his team at Glenfield. If you have any questions or want to talk please do email me your phone number at (staleydavid@hotmail.com), and I will be happy to help. Wishing you all the best Dave

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      1. Thanks, Dave.

        I’m currently under Professor Fennell at Glenfield, but I haven’t encountered Mr Waller yet. Nonetheless, I get the impression the entire meso team at Glenfield are world class.

        Thanks too for the offer of support. I may well take you up on that.

        Keep fighting.

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