My Diary—message to the Canadian PM — this is a disgrace

Overseas Demonstrations Protest Expansion of Quebec Asbestos Mine

Mon, Jun 28, 2010

In the media

Protests in Seoul, South Korea; Washington DC; New York and Brussels, June 24, 2010


On Quebec’s national day, June 24, protests took place around the world against a proposed Quebec government $58 million subsidy to revive Quebec’s dying asbestos industry. This subsidy would allow the inidustry to open a new Jeffrey underground mine and export 5 million tonnes of asbestos to the developing world over the next twenty-five years.

Quebec’s Jeffrey asbestos mine was the world’s biggest open-pit asbestos mine. For the past century, it exported asbestos all over the world. Today, it is barely surviving. It is under bankruptcy protection and ceased operations last October, having no more asbestos. Industrialized countries, who received Quebec’s vast asbestos exports in the past, today are experiencing asbestos disease epidemics. All these countries have now banned asbestos or, if they haven’t banned it, simply refuse to use it.

Private investors refuse to invest in the mine.The mine owes $50 million to the Quebec Pension Fund and owes $30 million for clean-up costs of the environmental mess its mine has created. Former workers at the Jeffrey mine lost a chunk of their pension funds in the bankruptcy agreement.

Prime Minister Harper and Premier Charest are strong supporters of the asbestos industry and fund the industry’s lobby group, the Chrysotile Institute. Canada is a leading world propagandist for use of asbestos in developing countries.

On June 24, protests against Quebec and Canada took place in Hong Kong, Seoul, Mumbai, New York, Washington DC and Brussels.

My Diary–yes we have snow now

The roads are chaos all just for a dusting of snow, its always the same every year.

Anyway I decided to pull the washing machine out (with Rays help) and I cleaned all the floor underneath it but we found 2 screws–oh no where from but we found they had come out the casing and was able to screw them back in and then we had a leak on the pipe under sink.

The washer had gone so Ray had to go out in the snow to B&Q honest we could buy shares in that shop the amount we spend there.

He came back with 2 new pipes and fittings gone are the days when you got two in a packet £5.00 they now sell them seperate at £5.00 each.

But the washing machine has been going for 10 years and that’s the first time we have spent money on it. touch wood!!

We then went to the post office to post a parcel to Australia I felt quiet excited doing that silly isn’t it.

We carried on walking around and saw the snow on the beach again for the second time this year.The Harbour looked pretty again as it always does in the snow.

Tonight as I took the dog out it is sleet snow and it is crunchy under foot so I think there might be problems tomorrow but toight at least we are lovely and warm and cosy indoors.

A new test to find Mesothelioma???

© Zaichenko Olga –

Asbestos has long been a silent killer, affecting people many years after exposure. Its deadliness is compounded by lack of effective methods to diagnose one of the cancers associated with asbestos, the tumour mesothelioma.

However, a new technique may now help doctors in diagnosing malignant pleural mesothelioma, a relatively rare cancer, but one whose incidence is growing quickly. The median survival time of those diagnosed with mesothelioma is 12 months.

“Pleural effusion, or the accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, can be maddeningly difficult to diagnose as a wide variety of malignant and benign causes exist,” said the lead author of the study, Dr Helen Davies, from the Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine and Oxford University.

The current test for mesothelioma is not very sensitive, so researchers looked at a protein released in high quantities into the pleural fluid of most patients with the tumour. They found that levels of the protein were almost six times higher in patients with the tumour than in those with secondary lung cancers, and 10 times greater than those with benign conditions.

“An earlier diagnosis also allows speedier interventions to relieve symptoms as well as initiation of other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy if appropriate,” Dr Davies said.

Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of and accounts for the majority of mesothelioma cases. Occupational exposure to asbestos is highly regulated in the UK.

The study appears in the September 1st issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


My diary- we havent got snow yet

Everywhere in the country seems to have snow but us, not that Im complaining as I dont want to want to see it.

It is chaos on the roads when we get it as only a few centimeters seems to be such a pain and bring everything to a stand still.

I have been relaxing over the weekend after all the exciting news Friday so watched Strictly, X factor and the jungle  as the whole country seemed to and we had a lot of fum on facebook with it.

We took the dog out and the wind was very cold but OK when you got it on your back.

Today we had a walk and a tree had birds all roosting in it just like the film Birds.

These are not leaves but Birds....

Ray tried to get near but I was scared incase they flew away they seem to live here through the winter.

We posted off a Xmas present to my elder brother and sister in law and Ray hasn’t wrapped each present in Xmas paper, silly boy it means they will have to keep the whole parcel under the tree but it wont look seasonal, never trust a man ha!ha!




My Diary from now is my Diary living with Mesothelioma

I have to change the way I feel from now on, as up to now I have been so wrapped up in medical things and the thought that I was looking at death in the face.

Now it might, just might be, that I have cheated the death sentence for the time being and I can look living in the face.

As the Doctor has don’t question just get on with it and that’s where I’m at today.

So I have told everyone the good news here and on Facebook and my Forums. My Family and friends are over the moon so here we go——-

From now on this will be a diary of my life and Living with Mesothelioma.

I had an appointment for a massage as it was a Christmas present from a friend last year, but Betty had a baby and life got very busy for her but she is back in business again.

It is only around the corner from me so it didn’t take long to drive there on the very frosty road and I rang her bell and Betty took me to her back garden to a summer house sort of building but inside it was a beauty parlour with a couch and loads of weird electric equipment and plenty of nice smelling pots of creams etc etc.

A fire was blowing warm air so it wasn’t cold as I stripped off and laid on the couch while my eyebrows were waxed ouch!!! it does hurt a bit when the odd hair is plucked.

I then laid on my tummy and had a back massage which was oh so nice as my lung area was rubbed and kneaded with lots of oils going in.

It was soon over though and I said my goodbyes. feeling very relaxed.

Back home we had to wait for the BT man as we have had very slow Internet and he arrived to sort it all out.

Lots of testing has proved the line is OK but it is the Modem that is creating a loop fault on the line so we have had to order a new one which will come next week.

The old one is working better though so we are already happy but we will see what the new one works like.

The snow hasn’t got here yet but we will see what the night brings as we could wake up to a very white world.

I enjoyed it at the beginning of the year when I was still feeling bad from chemo so I’m really going to enjoy it this time around.

My Diary Scan result today.

We traveled back to Canterbury today via the Park and Ride as too park at the hospital is a no no it just has to many cars parked there.

They were running late but I never mind that as there are so many people who are suffering with cancer there that look so ill that need attending to such an eye opener to the way this disease is hurting people.

A lady that couldn’t talk properly with Cancer of the throat a man by my side who had prostrate cancer and women with bald heads so brave not to wear scarves, wigs or hats.

All coming everyday for radiation treatment.

When I finally got in Doctor Cosmos had a young girl with her who is thinking of training in the field of Lungs.

I was then told there is more shrinkage infact although the tumour wont go away and is always there it has shrunk back into a thickening.
Im now a unique Patient. The Doctor said she has 2 other women under Canterbury that are doing Ok but nothing like what has happened to me.
She said she doesn’t know why its happened just accept it has so dont question it just enjoy the fact it has happened.
#Smile_colors #Smile_colors #Smile_colors #Smile_colors #Smile_colors #2gunfire #2gunfire #2gunfire Bazooka Bazooka Bazooka Bazooka Bazooka

It was good to hear so we traveled back into the City and had a great meal in Weatherspoons –we knowhow to spend money!!!!

My Diary Rays hearing test at Canterbury Hospital

We had to rush around today and take the dog out early but it was so cold with a bitter wind again that tried to bite our ears off.

The dog happy we set of for Canterbury as Ray had to have a hearing test today but his appointment wasn’t until 4.30 so we dropped in at Curry’s and bought a  new Microwave where we bumped into friends as they were having a look for a new computer.

We put the car into the Park and Ride and helped a very distressed lady that couldn’t get out of the Park as her ticket wouldn’t work.

She finally got through to someone who promised to come down to help her so we caught a bus and got to Canterbury where I popped in and out of shop and once again I say I have got all my presents –but of coarse I havent wink!wink!

Westgate Canterbury

We then thought of a coffee so we found the restaurant in a posh shop and I chose a lovely slice of chocolate cake, naughty but nice.  NO it was so stale but I ate half of it and then blow it, for the first time in all my life I complained, much to Rays amusement . The waitress bought another bit which was OK but its the last time I go there.

We thought it was a good idea to get to the hospital but being early we waited until I was almost asleep.

At last ray went in and they tested his hearing and said he is really deaf in one ear (I know that I’m always repeating what I say to him)

So he had the mould’s done for two digital hearing aids so at last he can get rid of his Analogue one and he might hear properly.

I will have to be careful what I whisper under my breath now!!!!

We caught all the bus’s back to the car and drove home where the dog was so pleased to see us.

But We have to do it all over again tomorrow as its my Oncologist appointment for my results of the Scan.

Oh No!!!

My Diary –Is the snow on its way

It is very cold today with a biting wind so I didn’t rush to get up today and lazed in bed until 8.30 and then sat around all warm in my dressing gown most of the morning answering emails and writing on facebook and my forums.

The dog was pleading for a walk as he wasn’t happy just going out in the garden.

I put on my warm winter coat and we walked around the beach. The waves were very rough as it was like a mill pond at the weekend and was now a raging angry sea and looked so cold.

The Wind Turbines were in the sun and the beach was under clouds, Ships on the horizon shone in the sun though as they traveled out to the North Sea carrying their cargo’s to Europe.

The cold sea today

Boat on the beach

We were glad to get off the front and walk down the main road as the wind was on our back and it was great to get back home in the warm with a lovely hot coffee.

On my forum when we got back home I was talking about our Reliant Robin that we had owned years ago, in fact we had three of them in all and loved everyone and they were a lot of fun  as when it snowed the other cars made 2 tracks and we had to go down the middle skidding from side to side.Red Reliant a picture of our fun car

I always remember doing this as we traveled out to the Savacentre at  Gillingham while going off for some shopping swerving from one side to the other as the wheel was pushing through the snow. We were laughing all the way there and all the way back.

My e-book will soon published we hope in the next couple of weeks I will be able to put the link on here, really looking forward to that day.

Well Tuesday is almost over so only Wednesday and Thursday to go and then I get my results Friday.

My Diary –been a little quiet

After all the excitement of the Photo Shoot we have been busy, as at the same time my book is now ready for publication on e-books. I will soon have the links available when my publisher has completed the task. (Well done Gerald you are a star) he has been proof reading while on holiday in France –a true friend. I will soon be able to say when the Yours Magazine comes out and believe me I will be buying lots of copies as friends in Australia, South Africa and USA and Canada dont think the magazine is sold out there. I hope I might be able to get it on line as it would be so much easier. On the home front, Ray broke his hearing aid last Tuesday so we had to go to the hospital as the Audiology Dept is there. He walked in and showed them and they said it was too old to repair so he had to make and appointment for a retest, Oh I thought whats that in a month, swoon in 1 hour absolutely amazing. We went and had a breakfast at the restaurant which killed time and he soon went back in.

The lady asked why only one and ray said that he was told to go away and dont be greedy as he was lucky to have one, well she couldnt believe that and said of coarse you can have 2 so that will save us anothe £2000 as thats what we paid twice so it has cost £4000 as he had to have a new Digital one as well.

She said that he had wax so go to the Doctors and sought that out first which he did and had his ears dewaxed on Friday with no problems and so another appointment for his hearing test has been made this thursday. My Oncology Appointment is Friday so good old Ray had forgotten that and now we have the fun of going Thusday and Friday to the hospital OMG.

Very nervous about mine as I always am at this point. The result can go either way and it is nerve racking waiting for them.

We have had a great weekend with Ray painting the Shower room out, I had it in Blue and Lemon but it was so bright and now its a lovely Pinky sort of Beige in the walls and the cupboards, shelves and radiator in an Antique Green, sounds funny but in actual fact it goes really well and so calming . I managed to take Louis out on his own as Ray was so busy but the wind was so cold I didnt go far, the cold really knocks my breathing and I get wheezy but at least it was good exercise. I think the faint feeling must come not from low blood sugars but low Oxygen ha!ha! I have to get showered now so will talk again soon as so much is happening this week. A mesowarior Debbie is having a TOF op this week and bless her she has the Meso edging back so she needs radiation and is waiting for the Appointment, we have lost a few warriors of late so that always brings us down and Debbie is always there for everyone on facebook. So I wish her lots of strength for the days to come. TOF’s is a hole and she was born with it and yet it has only just been found in her MRI Scans