About

I am married to Alison with two wonderful children. We enjoyed a normal family life until three weeks before my 40th birthday (29.10.15); now things have changed forever.

This was the date I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. It is related to breathing in asbestos dust.  The only possibility of exposure to asbestos was during a summer job, during university, when I was a meter reader. Even then, I have no recollection of breathing in anything unpleasant.

My blog gives an account of my journey from diagnosis, to lung removal, and chemotherapy. My aim is to keep friends and family updated on our journey, to help others through similar situations and to raise awareness, so funding for research can be improved.

I wouldn’t have the strength or motivation to get through this without the wonderful army of support from family and friends. It has been amazing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

“Quoting Francis of Assisi: Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Keep believing, stay positive.

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  1. Dave and Ali
    Johanne and I offer would like to offer our support both in practical ways such as helping looking after Josh and Erin for example if you need to for an appointment at short notice and need a “baby sitter” to offering emotional support and advice. We have been blessed with wonderful next door neighbours past and present. As soon as we met you we felt a bond of friendship and warmth and are privileged to share a garden fence with you.
    Dave, your attitude in fighting this will give you the strength to overcome this as it is known that determination to survive an illness has a significant impact on recovery. As a (now retired) GP, I remember a brave and beautiful young girl, who had a horrible bowel condition and had her lower bowel removed. After the operation she said to me that she “had” Crohn’s Disease and that it was part of her past. Despite having a permanent ileostomy she became a student nurse, largely because of her experience of the care she received. I was delighted when she qualified and even more when she married her “Prince Charming” and in now, against the odds, a wonderful mother. I look forward to you telling me after surgery that you “had” mesothelioma and that was part of your past.
    Tomorrow my daughter has her engagement party at your beloved Goodison Park
    (her fiancé is as much an Everton fan as you are) and one day you WILL experience the same for Josh and Erin, (but hopefully at Old Trafford.)
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Stephen and Johanne.

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  2. I have just read your latest blog. My husband was diagnosed on 30th Dec 2015 after going to the doctors on the 13th November with what we thought was a chest infection. After the devastating news we have formed a solid united front and soldiered on. Life has changed beyond all recognition. My husband has just had his second round of chemo and has been very sick. Your blog has helped me to stop panicking and realise for some people this is how it is. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and helping me through this dark time for my family. Love and light N x

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  3. Hi Dave and Ali, I hope all is well as can be. I am writing to you in the hope of getting advice. My Father died of this disease in his 50’s and I am now suffering similar symptoms (aged 43). I am having trouble getting Doctors to take this seriously and I wondered what symptoms you showed early on, as you mentioned you may have suffered with them from 2013. If you could contact me via my email that would be appreciated. Many Thanks Mike

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  4. Hi Dave, Thanks for following my blog. I am reading yours now and it resonates so closely. I noticed you had surgery. It is an option for me and I am in two minds about it. My doctors say it offers no real benefit, but meso patient I come across who has lived longer than 3 years has had the surgery. Love to hear your thoughts. Cheers Rod

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    1. My oncologist challenged me and said there was no medical evidence of benefit, but my surgeon (Mr Waller), said he believes certain patients would benefit. After much debate, I thought what have I got to loose! If it’s out, I’ve potentially got less chance of it developing. Day to day I don’t notice too much difference, and I have no regrets. Even if it only gave me extra 6 months, it’s worth it …. I would rather have my lung out than chemo! Operation & recovery was tough but I found chemo harder. Whose your surgeon? One uk patient lasted 10+ years, and someone in USA is going strong at 12 years… take care dave

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