A Mesowarriors Diary -Living With Mesothelioma- A very Mad Birthday. Spoke on Radio Kent About Asbestos deaths in Kent Have Risen


The postman has been really busy here as he delivered so many cards for my birthday. What a day!!

Face Book announces your birthday as well so my wall was filling up with so many good wishes it was just so emotional but when flowers started coming to the door delivered by some eye candy men my day was really getting even better.

There was lovely charms among the cards and an Elvis Phone charm and a Key Ring and dragon-fly necklace.

My brother sent me a lovely watch as well.

We had to go to Canterbury so we set off and had a walk around all the old quaint streets.

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We drove back to a carvery for lunch where you over eat

Punch Tavern 2013

Got back home and more flowers came –what was going on I was getting so puzzled. Then all was revealed and Angela had been up to her tricks again and had arranged a lovely bouquet and cards to be sent bless her.

The phone went and I was asked if I would speak on Radio Kent as an article had been published today

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/asbestos-deaths-on-the-rise-42260/

Number of deaths from mesothelioma caused by asbestos in Kent increases

27 August 2015
by Josie Hannett
The number of deaths from lung cancer caused by asbestos in Kent has increased, according to the latest figures.
Last year, 108 people in the county died of mesothelioma – which is caused by exposure to the substance – which is 17 more fatalities than the previous year.

The natural fibrous material was used as an insulator for hundreds of years until 1992, when it was made illegal to make products with in the UK.

Medway had the highest number of deaths in Kent last year with a total of 17, which increased by three compared to 2013.

The figure means Medway has the sixth highest death rate from mesothelioma in the UK.

Swale had the biggest increase last year compared to 2013, where the number of deaths shot up from three to 13.

In Thanet, 12 people were killed by the disease in 2014 but the year before, five people died.

 Dr Alan Mckenna is a law teacher at the University of Kent. He also campaigns against asbestos issues.

He said: “The precise mechanism by which asbestos triggers mesothelioma, we still don’t know. It’s a medical mystery.

“In certain towns such as Ashford and Canterbury the deaths have fallen. Why in Swale and Thanet are we seeing very large increases?

“Unless we look at the individual deaths, I don’t think we can answer why specifically those two parts of Kent have seen massive increases.

Dr Alan McKenna, campaigner for asbestos issues

“For example, it could be that people who worked in Medway in the dockyard where asbestos was used extensively, could have moved to Swale or Thanet and unfortunately passed away in these areas.”

After initial exposure to the material, it takes between 20 to 60 years before a person develops mesothelioma.

Each year more than 2,500 people are diagnosed with the deadly disease in the UK, with men five times more likely to be diagnosed than women.

Dr Mckenna added: “You can strip asbestos out of buildings completely but there is a massive cost issue, and the government aren’t going to fund it.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma

“The argument is that it is perfectly acceptable to block it in as best as you can to prevent the fibres escaping, effectively you cover it up.

“What would be very useful would be to have regular air monitoring in schools so that you get a very accurate picture of the precise level of asbestos fibres at that time when the children are moving around the school.”

Dr Mckenna believes more money should be spent on research to prevent the number of deaths and find a cure for mesothelioma.

There are two types of the prolonged disease, the most common being pleural mesothelioma which develops in the tissue covering the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma which develops in the lining of the abdomen.

Click on the link to see the chart.

I was asked what I thought of the report and I said that I was shocked as i thought the figures were levelling but it must be down to the fact that Renovating houses DIY and trade are involved now. We need more education.

Here is my Interview  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02z9gm3#play from 02-07-35

What a day it has been mad from beginning to end but it has been a wonderful wonderful day xx

I wrote on face Book Im getting more and more puzzled here so many men knocking on my door with flowers –will there be a kiss a gram next and a delicious man stripping. You have all blown me away today. and made my 74 birthday really something its a day I didn’t even dare to hope I would enjoy 14 months ago. So thanks for making me smile all day you very crazy lot of wonderful people

I still stand by that they are all so wonderful and stick together and help each other daily, no one should feel lonely with mesothelioma or when they lose their warrior as everyone is there to hug each other.

I always say there is no other cancer where the people meet up and have great fun in hotels and out and about. Life is for living and we live every moment.

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