Living with Mesothelioma -My Diary- The ADAO Awards and conference

The dog doesn’t realise that I sat up to the early hours so that I could watch the ADAO award ceremony.

We had been watching all day through the conference

The day started with

The postman has just bought be a parcel of Flowers and chocolates from Debbie –To Ray and Louis as well I love surprises–do I have to share the Chocolates though or can I hide them in the bedroom and have them when everyone’s asleep ♥
Thanks Debbie
Debbie of  won the Award last year and was able to fly to the USA but of coarse she came back and then found her Theo to be growing again. It is a risk you take when you fly and I just would not take that risk. My Doctor has said anything can happen in a long haul flight, a lung could collapse even in a presurised cabin and also the recycled air is bad for us Mesothelioma sufferers. Then of coarse Ray went and had his heart attack so I wouldn’t want to leave him hereon his own so its great I had carried out a secret acceptance with Linda.

Photo: One of my favorite spitfires from the UK, Christine Winter.. talking on the asbestos ban in the UK...

We heard many speakers and Christine gave the best I have heard which was great as she mentioned me and my IATP award with the wonderful night we had in Derby in January.

She holds that dear to heart as it was the first one IATP had attempted and it was such a great success.

Photo: This panel is all about prevention. Experts in the field of asbestos laws and education on abatement.. all agree that the laws aren't doing what they should.

This panel is all about prevention. Experts in the field of asbestos laws and education on abatement.. all agree that the laws aren’t doing what they should.

John Thayer told the real story.  They found asbestos under the steps of the capital building evene

We learned that 20% of cancer patients are available for clinical trials but only 3% actually participate! The National Cancer Institute says more people are needed to help find a cure!.and money is needed to fund the trials – All the same problem as us when it comes to Clinical trials –US doesnt have as many trials as we thought.


We are seeing at Baron and Budd is accurate. More women are being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
This photo is Dr Lemen presenting an award to Dr Miller

Sweden banned asbestos 30 years ago and have had a “decline” in asbestos related diseases and deaths…..seems congress could learn some thing from our European friends…..I think the USA needs to feel some shame+guilt=shuilt regarding why our elected officials are not showing leadership in this country and stepping up to prevent the horrors asbestos brings.

Think Asbestos has been banned in the US ? Think again.. they still import it to the tune of 100 tons a YEAR…
It’s still widely used in brake shoes, roofing, and many commercial applications.


Heather Von St James USA with Lou Williams from Australia who will travel back and into Chemo bless her
Rod and Lou and Karen
Rod from Australia who I have written so much about through my Blog and he is married now to Karen Banton who is speaking again today at the brunch.
She is next to Lou on the left hand side
Then late at night I sat up and received my award
I can officially show it now  The Alan Reinstein award.
  • At the moment this is the best picture but it will be on You Tube where I will be able to show my Acceptance !

    I did raise a laugh when I said I was on Centerfold in the BLF Annual Revue The only time i would get centerfold ha ha !!!

    There are more talks today at the Brunch so I haven’t finished reporting back but this is just a little of a wonderful day.

    Schedule Of Streamed Events:

    Saturday, March 23

    Academic Conference

    8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    ADAO Awards & Recognition Dinne

    6:30 – 9:00 PM Performance by Jordan Zevon, Awards and Recognition Dinner
    U.S. Representative Lois Capps, Tribute of Hope Award Video Acceptance (Presenter: Dr. Richard Lemen)
    Dr. Celeste Monforton, Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award (Presenter: Dr. David Michaels)
    Karen Banton, Tribute of Inspiration Award (Presenter: Ann Samuelson)
    The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers,Tribute of Unity Award (Presenter: Dr. Arthur Frank)
    Rob Cagle, Alan Reinstein Award (Presenter: Linda Reinstein)
    Mavis Nye, Alan Reinstein Award Video Acceptance (Presenter: Linda Reinstein)
    Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson
    Recognition Herman Hamilton, ADAO Executive Assistant
    Recognition The Raye Family, Diamond Donor
    Baron & Budd, P.C.,2013 Platinum Sponsor
    Motley Rice LLC, 2013 Platinum Sponsor
    Simmons Law Firm, LLC, 2013 Platinum Sponsor
    Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Strauss and The Nemeroff Law Firm, 2013 Silver Sponsors


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