Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Meet up with an old friend but said goodbye to

Yesterday was a cold day although bright sunshine. The winter sunshine is always very bright and it loves showing up the dust. So I pull the curtains.

It is dangerous when it shines in your eyes as your driving.

I manged to tidy up and make the bed as Ray took Louis  out for a walk. Ray tells Louis lots of stories and Ray reckons the dog really knows what he is telling him.  Yeh! right.

We had to wait for a phone call from Russell to say he had finished riding the Ferries. He loves Ferries and the rougher the water the better .

Photo: Snackettes round two. Still the finest brekky afloat even though she's an old girl.

His breakfast

russell at sea

Just as I was dropping off after Lunch the phone went making us jump. Russell was on the C&CC sit at Canterbury. So we got ready -My hair is driving  me mad as this last chemo seems to have thinned it right out and has gone very straight.

We got to the Site and I could see Russell in the Reception doing what I know Russell does best, talking  he is so friendly.

I could see he didnt recognised me at first. The last time was 3 years ago when I was energetic and now Im very Chemotised.

But gradually it came to him who I was and a happy welcome followed.

We went to his Motorhome and as we walked through I was amazed at how many People there were. Camping in cold weather but just a walk away from Canterbury High Street.

Christmas shopping being done having a good time.

His motor home was lovely and warm.

russels van

Such a big one to drive round our roads.

Ray went and bought fish and chips and it smelt lovely  mmmm!!!


It tickled Ray that Russell put his between 2 slices of bread.


We carried on laughing and joking and the time just went. So time to say goodbye and walk back to the car and said we will meet again 2014 so I will look forward to that and it has been a good day xx

candle 2

Lauren Mellor has lost her lovely grandad Arthur Whitt after he was diagnosed with meso in May of 2013 and sadly lost his battle on Tuesday 15th October.2013. RIP Arthur and love and hugs to Lauren and her family . Such a small length of time from Diagnosis to his passing so it really must have been sad

Lauren made the papers and had a  lovely write up.

THE granddaughter of a man who died from a rare form of cancer is trying to raise awareness of the disease.

Lauren Mellor’s grandfather, Arthur Whitt, died in October after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

There is no cure and it can lie dormant in the lungs for up to 40 years before presenting itself.

Mr Whitt, a painter and decorator, was a fit and healthy 76-year-old who still enjoyed playing walking football when he was diagnosed. He lived only five more months.

Now, Mr Whitt’s family are raising money for Mesothelioma UK and the British Lung Foundation – as well as setting up the Arthur Whitt Foundation to raise awareness of the disease.

“We hadn’t heard about it before May of this year and not many other people know about it either,” Lauren said.

“It is very rare and there are not many cases of it.

“Sadly, there will be more people diagnosed and there is expected to be a boom in the number of people diagnosed over the next few years.”

She added: “We are a close family and we are grieving for a great loss. He has left such a legacy behind and a strong family unit. As a family we are now aiming to raise awareness of Mesothelioma.

“I am in the process of setting up the Arthur Whitt Foundation with the support of the family to offer support to other families that will be affected.

“I want to be at the end of the phone or e-mail to help other victims and families.

“I’ll be able to offer support from experiencing it at first hand.”

Lauren and her family donated money given at Mr Whitt’s funeral to Mesothelioma UK and Lauren will be running in the London Marathon next April to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.

Jill Lemon, fundraising and marketing manager for Mesothelioma UK, said: “We are very grateful to Lauren and her family for choosing the charitable trust to support, and the donation they kindly made will go a long way in helping us to continue to do the vital work we do for mesothelioma sufferers and their families.

“It is also commendable that Lauren, supported by her family, wants to raise awareness and help to support others with this disease.”

Professor David Baldwin is clinical lead on mesothelioma at Nottingham’s hospitals.

He said: “It’s one of those diseases that is very distressing. There is treatment but there isn’t a cure.

“It’s due always to asbestos exposure of some sorts. The funding for research has been quite poor because it’s a less common cancer.

“There are just over 2,000 cases per year in the UK and in Nottingham we see around 40 cases a year. It’s a real problem because it causes a lot of suffering in people.”

He added: “If we want to make a difference, we need to do research and to do that we need more funding. More money would be very important.”

To donate to the family’s charity efforts go to

candle 2

And then we had to light a candle for John Wisdom we do seem to get a few together like this –and they still say its rare for goodness sake.

John was walking around in the hospital just a couple of days ago that always amazes me that Warriors are so with it right up to the end and then they are snuffed out just like a candle,

Jennifer I send all the family a hug xxx


Ray hasnt done a blog but he has done a big one he said so look forward to reading that.

2 thoughts on “Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Meet up with an old friend but said goodbye to

  1. How does Russell keep his waist line so fit with all those fry ups and fish and chips? Great to hear that you all met up and had a great time. You are looking well Mavis 🙂


    Stewart & Garry

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