Well what a day.
First My friend Tony sent me the link to The daily mail on Line and posted this on my Facebook http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2194460/How-minutes-DIY-cost-life-years-later-Hidden-asbestos-homes-putting-millions-risk-deadly-lung-disease.html
I thought I was going to have to wait until I could get to the paper shop.
I cascaded the link to so many people that I knew was waiting for it and couldn’t believe the response as people all over the world cascaded the link.
The computer is a very powerful tool.
My little bit was
Someone else who knows all too well of its impact is Mavis Nye, from Whitstable, Kent.
In the early Sixties, her husband Ray was a shipwright in Chatham dockyards, and she would wash his clothes when he came home.
‘They were always covered in asbestos dust — we used to joke he looked like a snowman when he came through the door,’ says Mavis, 71.
‘We had no idea how lethal it was.’
Fed up of working in a dusty environment, Ray left the dockyard in 1963.
Years later, with knowledge of how lethal asbestos was, the couple feared for Ray’s health. But, in fact, it was Mavis who became unwell.
‘We were on holiday in Spain in 2009 when I felt very tired and breathless walking up a hill that I’d normally have no problems with,’ she says.
Back home, her GP arranged an immediate chest X-ray, and Mavis was called back to the hospital for scans.
‘And then, boom — I was told I had mesothelioma and given three months to live.
‘I came home, arranged my funeral, threw out most of my clothes and bought new things for the house so Ray wouldn’t have to deal with it all.’
Mavis has survived three years, which she attributes to large doses of chemotherapy.
Her tumours have shrunk, and she can have further chemotherapy if they begin to grow again.
‘It’s sometimes hard to breathe — there’s a tightness across my chest — but I’m still active,’ she says.
Ray, 74, adds: ‘Not a day goes by when I don’t wish it was the other way round.’
Must admit we talked longer on the phone and had a photographer all on Sunday morning, but I wont complain as I love the whole Article as it raises so much awareness and Christine and I champagne for DIY and Schools trying to raise the dangers of Asbestos.
But Christine of IATP — a Facebook friend did very well as she has so much experience as her and husband Mark Winters run a training program and are always there when I need info.
Christine mark and myself they recently came to stay where we put the world of Asbestos to rights. xx
Infact Christine sent me this on Facebook as the wizard of Oz was on Telly yesterday
All That lovely snow —Asbestos
they even proudly put it on the box???
The other person I have made friends with is Linda Reinstein of ADAO in the US, who has asked us to quote 6 words for the Brazil Supreme Court hearing. I did this and Linda turned it into a Poster on Facebook for me to see.
We do have fun together but we also work hard together as united we stand against Asbestos.
So that was my business day– my home life is shattered after all the gardening I have done but I did carry on and tidied the shed. I had to vacumm the shed as I keep the cloths dryer out there and its been blowing all the fluff everywhere, on shelves and floor.
Ray had to go to the Diabetic clinic and I went with him. I walked Louis around the harbour as we waited for Ray. It was so lovely and warm and the day visitors hadn’t arrived yet
We walked around together me and my dog.
When we got back to the car park Ray was just arriving and it was all good news as his sugar and blood temperature were all fine.
Came home for lunch and thats when i tidied the shed.
Dinner was made then of Minced Steak in a garlic and roasted vegetable sauce.
I had also made Rays treat -apple crumble.
Now here Iam sitting at my computer telling the world of my day —isnt life funny.
Rays Blog http://mesoandme.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/tuesday-15/