It’s been a week where my Mesothelioma has been very much at the front of Alison’s & my thoughts!
Last Thursday I was privileged to be invited to share my journey at UKATA AGM (UK Asbestos Training Association), at East Midlands Airport. There were representatives from across the Asbestos industry, mostly those that train others to increase awareness of Asbestos and the dangers it can cause. The feedback was overwhelming and hopefully it will inspire those present to continue the great work they do. It was fitting this was the day before Annual Action Mesothelioma Day, with many articles/events highlighting awareness of this awful disease and our thoughts go out to all those who are less fortunate than me and have lost their lives.
Today was my 6 monthly Xray and appointment at Wythenshaw NW Lung Centre. We are hugely relieved to share that the Xray was clear and it gives us another 6month break and back in Jan 2020!
Waiting for the appointment these last few days, walking into the hospital, sat waiting in the waiting room brings all the sickness feeling flooding back and the what ifs and maybes! I’m unlucky to have the disease (we still get odd looks/comments in the waiting room that we are so young!) but so lucky to be showing no signs of the disease currently!
It was Joshua’s 12th birthday celebrations last weekend (due to exams interfering end of June for him!) & Erin is 10 in October – we’re just so thankful that I’m here to share in their lives still which certainly did not seem at all imaginable after diagnosis.
Please do still continue to spread awareness yourselves about the danger of asbestos. It’s in 700 UK primary schools still, it’s in hospitals, libraries too and if we can prevent even just 1 person going through anything like we have, then it’s worth it.
Tomorow Erins school is raising money for Cancer Research UK. Each child will be running 2k, and raising valuable funds to help find a cure for Cancer. We do appreciate many of you have already kindly donated previously & continue to do so as sadly cancer impacts everyone of us, but If you are able to donate it would be very much appreciated.
Thanks for all your continued support
Dave & Ali xx