I must first thank IATP for honouring me today with this award. It came as a big surprise to me, because I didn’t think I had done anything special to deserve it. I also thank Chris Ward who has so kindly sponsored this award.
All I have done really is to first help myself to available knowledge to help me take control of my future. And secondly pass that knowledge on to help as many people as I can.
That has taken the form of helping fellow suffers from Asbestos Exposure ,by putting this information in an easier place to find, Like Mesowarriors and contacting.
:-MPs .Doctors and even Prime Ministers of other countries, in order to bring awareness of the dangers that asbestos causes and the suffering it creates.
So I say thank you IATP. For this award today.
I would like to thank Christine(who I have spent so many hours on face book) and Mark for their tireless devotion to broadening that awareness and actively working hard to bring that about.
I must thank Ray my husband for his continued understanding love and support during my journey.
I thank all my mesowarrior friends for their support and on a daily basis an for an ear to bend when I need one and a shared laugh when times are tough.
I thank Terry and Nicky who have put their lives on hold for the duration of this insidious disease.
Oddly enough this disease has changed my life in unexpected ways. Before my diagnosis. Who would have believed that quiet shy old me, would have articles printed in Magazines.
Make TV Interviews, Videos for the British Lung Foundation. Do interviews for local and National News papers.
I have given Speeches at the Novatel Conference.
I am a National Health Patient Representative holding group and one to one discussions with Doctors .Professors , Surgeons. NHS Senior trust Managers..
And now today Business executives in the Asbestos industry.
I have written a book MesoWarriors My Story.
This has seen sales all round the world.
And Now I have started My next Book .
All income from my first book goes to Mesothelioma UK and this will continue from my second book.
So I think I had a role to play in life and this one is mine.
If I had a message to give today,to you, here representing British Asbestos Industry,it would be.
I would love to see asbestos banned all round the world. Close the mines. Stop the spread of Mesothelioma.
Spare the miners a slow painful death.
A worldwide refusal to deal with asbestos.
Most urgently remove it from all our schools, all schools to preserve and shield our future generations from its dangers.
I would ask you each to spread the word, to do your bit to continue the awareness and back the cancer research for mesothelioma. This takes time money and dedication. And people in High Places, But most of all money.
We know there is no cure and probably never will be. But by banning it and removing it from the environment .That would be tantamount to a cure in my book.
I was diagnosed with mesothelioma 4 years ago and given 3 months. I was basically told go home put your house in order. Go and do what ever you wanted to do now.
But I didnt give in. I will not give in without a fight.
I will continue to fight for as long as I can. I ask you all to do the same.
This Asbestos legacy is a quietly marching death sentence. All hidden away taking, as in my case over 40 years to surface.
So each of you here today could be in my shoes in the future.
Fight it destroy it ,don’t give in.
As my husband once said. Mesothelioma didn’t know what it had taken on when it started on me.