Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Ben is still missing, An Apple a day Is true.

Life is very quiet at the moment. Finished writing the last cards and posted  them off so had another walk to the shop.

I seem to following every little bit  of news of my friend and the family that are all out still searching for Ben.

His Brother and Sister did an appeal on ITV Wales

The family of a missing man from Newport say they’re desperate to get him home before Christmas. Ben Caplan disappeared on the 7th December after a night out with friends in Caerleon.

Police along with his friends and family have spent days searching for the father of two. They’re calling on anyone with any information on his whereabouts to come forward.Alexandra Lodge reports.

Photo: So Very Proud So Blown Away, Thank you Martin And Dan For Your Work Today Also thank you so much to you all that joined the search for ben you are amazing x

People searched all down the river bank yesterday and the day before and there isnt a sign or clue -so sad.

The community have all helped and are helping again today bless them, they must be tired and frustrated as there is a sighting or a clue now.

Last night we walked and around the park and posted cards to the people we really know. There has been so many moving out, whether died or moved and as I havent been about much I just dont know every one like I did when we moved here.

I wrapped up and with my walking stick managed to walk all round. I was so pleased and I do think its the machine working wonders as I don’t feel like Im walking on cushioned feet.I have some feelings back and my big toe didnt hurt in the night. Ray is laughs at me as you can see the muscles that it is working on move I  put cream on my feet and that helps it to conduct better.

Now I have heard that an apple a day really does keep the Doctor away I will be buying more Pippins and Cox’s and munch away everyday.

Not only can apples keep the doctor away by helping your immune system with healthy food but studies at the University of Ulster  have found that apple phenols protect the DNA in colon cancer cells: “Our results indicate that a crude extract of apple phenolics can protect against DNA damage.”








Researchers at Cornell University have found that up to six apples a day can prevent breast cancer in primates and believe this can be extrapolated to humans. “Consumption of apples may be an effective strategy for cancer protection,” say the researchers. So have a glass of juice or eat one or two apples a day just like your mother told you!Read more at

So on the run up to Christmas I do feel Ok and Im excited  that Father Christmas is coming to me again.

My old back pain in the shoulder blade run down the arm, the ribs have a clamp on them on the left hand so there are sore points but I shrug them off. My hands are weird and out of line but I can say the disease hasn’t won  not yet. I did read yesterday that Some anti-cancer drugs can cause nerve damage. This is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in people with cancer. Cancer can cause peripheral neuropathy in one area of the body if the tumour is growing close to a nerve and presses on it.


There may be a loss of sensitivity or feeling in the affected area. Often the feet and fingertips are the first places to be affected.

Muscle weakness

A muscle may lose strength if it isn’t being stimulated by a nerve. Depending on which muscles are affected, this may make it difficult to walk, climb stairs or do other tasks.

Difficulty buttoning clothes or picking up small objects

If the nerve endings in the fingers are affected, you may not be able to do ‘fiddly’ tasks, such as fastening small buttons or tying shoelaces.

Difficulty with balance, walking and coordination

You may find that you stumble or trip when walking; uneven surfaces may be particularly difficult. You may feel clumsy at times or you may feel that your body isn’t doing what you want it to. Your sense of where things are around you may become less certain. ( Now who do you know that has been falling over )

Constipation and feeling bloated

This can happen when the nerves that control the rate that food passes through the bowel (autonomic nerves) are affected. Let your doctor or nurse know if you’re having these problems.

Feeling light-headed or dizzy when you sit up or stand up

These symptoms are sometimes caused by a sudden drop in your blood pressure, known as postural hypotension. This can happen when the nerves that control blood pressure and heart rate (autonomic nerves) are damaged. Your doctor can see if this is the cause of your symptoms by checking your blood pressure when you’re lying down and standing up.

Gosh Ray is singing his heart out while doing the washing up and he has got up so early —

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