Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary – 2015 is here -A Happy New Year A new Year a Fresh Start New Ideas

Happy New year

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It was a wonderful new years eve as I’m always thinking of how glad I am of making another year.

This is going into my 6th year. The last one, 2014,  has been a real bonus as Im only here now because of the drug.

This year 2015 will prove just how good it is and as the trial is over soon we will get to hear how everyone is doing on it. They must publish the results.

Oh I have just been reading through the Paperwork and its 2 years. How did I miss that. i started in March 2014 so its not over until 2016.

We saw Queen and the London Fire Works. I couldn’t understand why they sold tickets for something that went up in the sky for all to see. But it means they have a crowd control working that way.

Another good story to start the year with was Paul and Clares story

By CambridgeNews  |  Posted: January 01, 2015

By Freya Leng

Paul Cowley with his wife Claire and their son Ethan, 4

 Paul Cowley with his wife Claire and their son Ethan, 4

An Ely man who will not live to see his young son grow up due to a rare form of cancer is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Paul Cowley was diagnosed with Mesothelioma two years ago, which is caused by exposure to asbestos and commonly affects people in the building trade.

 The 36-year-old is supporting a campaign launched by fellow Ely resident Jackie Elsom – whose husband Richard also suffers from the disease – which is asking people to walk 100 steps for ‘Meso’ when they go for a winter walk in the New Year.

She hopes that by people donating £1 to the national charity Mesothelioma UK – a penny for every step – it will pay for research and raise awareness of the disease.

Mr Cowley, of Larkfield Road, who has already donated to the appeal and taken part in the 100 steps after meeting Jackie at the Papworth Mesothelioma Support group, had an operation to remove part of the cancer and six months of chemotherapy following his diagnosis in October 2012.

He has now given up work to spend time with his four-year-old son Ethan and his wife Claire but is fiercely committed to raising awareness of the disease which claims the lives of 2,300 people in the UK each year.

“I don’t how I was exposed to it, it was discovered by accident when I was having investigations for something else,” he said. “As far as I know, I’ve never been near asbestos. Dad was an agricultural engineer and always told me what asbestos was. That’s all I remember.”

Mesothelioma usually develops after between 20 and 60 years following the initial exposure to asbestos, a soft, greyish-white material that used to be widely used in building construction as a form of insulation and to protect against fire.

More than 2,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease each year, a cancer of the mesothelial cells which most commonly develops in the tissue covering the lungs or in the lining of the abdomen.

Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma will die within three years of being diagnosed, and the average person survives for around 12 months because it is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage.

 But Mr Cowley, formerly an engineer for a laser lamp company, said he remains positive and is taking each day as it comes.

“I’ve still got it,” he added. “I will never be cured. It’s stable at the moment but at any time in the next few months it could start up again. At the moment it’s a waiting game but it will get me. I remain upbeat and positive.

“Since I’ve had this disease, it’s my one aim to let everyone know about it. I don’t do it as scare mongering. It’s in a lot of old buildings, it needs to be taken out.”


We met Paul at the Mesothelioma UK  Conference in October.
It is great that he has had an early diagnose before mesothelioma did to much damage to his body. He has had an Op and that gives him more time. Time that is precious as that gives more time for research to come up with answers through the years.
Good Luck Paul and Clare and a Happy New year
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