A Diary of a Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma – Invite to Bristol, Flying again, Recycling Brake Pads ? Cambridgeshire woman tells of heartbreak of losing a #Mesowarrior because of #asbestos

Dolcie in the red dress – New Doctors for the NHS

Just As I thought I had a free diary I get an Invitation to a young Mesowarriors to go to Bristol Uni to watch her get her graduation.

Dolcie Has been at Uni and I always knew she would do well as she is so dedicated. I have helped her out through the years with any questions she wanted to know as Mesothelioma is her interest as her Grand dad died with the disease.

She has been getting firsts throughout her coarse work but also managed to get a FIRST DEGREE in cancer biology and immunology for her intercalation year. I was proud so proud and call her my little Doc.

Also Dolc reached 21 and her party was in Bristol. I couldn’t go as I had already promised to do a talk at the TUC Mesothelioma Action Day but I looked at all the photos.

I loved her cake

I have known her for 7 years and we have been through so much and she has always backed me up though my treatments and always so interested in my trial. It will be good to stand there and see her go through the ceremony. I will be as proud of her as her mother will be.

So we have put the dog in kennels and booked accommodation in Bristol and now look forward to the day.

Booking on line should be easy but it isn’t as trying to work through booking a room was frustrating. They don’t explain that your booking wasnt going through as they were full up. I got  through by booking a dearer room but that was just by chance -a fluke.

The worse bookings we made yesterday was trying to book up for Amsterdam on Euro Star.

That was the same that they were full up and that was why we wasn’t getting through. I couldn’t believe that Eurostar was full up through August and September. It’s a train so I thought it was like our own trains local.

Sooo we have booked to fly. As it is a short flight I’m taking the risk with my lung and shouldn’t get clots.

I have seen so many programs on telly about easy jet so it will be good to fly with them and maybe see someone from the show.

So we are all booked with Speeches written for the

eu forum

The European Asbestos Forum

THE EUROPEAN ASBESTOS FORUM STRIVES TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS AND THE EXCHANGE OF THE BEST AND NEWEST OF KNOWLEDGE REGARDING ALL MATTERS RELATED TO ASBESTOS. Remediation, innovations, best practices, limit values, raising awareness and improving safety in the workplace, national and European policy, enforcement of and comparing regulations and legislation, treatments, epidemiology, environmental pollution etc. All of it.

Why? BECAUSE SHARING MAKES US STRONGER. Every country in the world has asbestos problems. Many have solutions of different kinds to these problems. But which solutions are the best? Instead of every country and sector reinventing the wheel, thereby costing untold many lives, precious time and wasted funds, the EAF encourages networking and sharing across borders and sectors. Sharing the best innovations, the newest insights, the best practices. Learning from each other’s mistakes and successes.

The willingness to share is there! All it takes is to join. So meet your foreign colleagues and become part of the international network that is the European Asbestos Forum. Learn from the best and share in turn. That is what the EAF is about.

For 2016, the main topic of the EAF conference will be: Asbestos & Buildings.

On Friday 30th September 2016, Over twenty top experts from across Europe, the United States and Australia will attend the EAF conference in Amsterdam to discuss the ways in which asbestos in buildings affects our daily lives. They will represent a wide variety of sectors: survey, asbestos removal, estate housing, finance and insurance, enforcement, government, realty investors, accountants, etc. There will also be workshops on the morning of Saturday 1st October 2016.

Many important issues will be addressed. Some examples:

  • What duty of care does the real estate owner have regarding asbestos?
  • What does indoor asbestos mean for the health of tenants?
  • How can asbestos indoors be safely removed in innovative ways?
  • Why does the Netherlands wish to eradicate all asbestos roofing by 2024?
  • How to control a large asbestos calamity spread out over an inner city?
  • What are the health risks caused by asbestos fires for the local population and emergency services?
  • What does asbestos mean for your real estate insurance and valuation?


A detailed program will follow soon.

I have a few friends to meet and chat with so love the opportunity to be invited.



A Article that caught my attention today was this as recycling is so important and yet are we recycling Danger to us and our families. I do hope they keep an eye on this and imports where we can have Asbestos coming in through the back door in products

Time to put a stop to asbestos – for auto recyclers and all of us

According to the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), every year 1.6 million vehicles reach their end-of-life in this country. Those on the outside of the recycling industry may not consider the extent of toxic and dangerous materials that auto and scrap recyclers are faced with on a daily basis, while they manage, depollute, separate, shred, sort and crush valuable, recoverable materials. In auto recycling applications specifically, the end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) being dismantled and salvaged contain fuel, oil, mercury and refrigerants. They also can contain asbestos, which is a component of a large percentage of brake pads imported into Canada. In fact, imported, after-market brake pads are one of the largest categories of asbestos-containing products which are still allowed entry.

With the goal of eliminating asbestos-related health risks associated with recycling ELVs, ARC has added its voice in support of a recent call for federal policies to effectively eliminate the import and use of asbestos in Canada completely.

According to ARC, Canada imported more than $100 million in asbestos brake pads and linings between 2005 and 2015 and import of asbestos-containing brake pads continues to increase unabated.

On April 5th, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change promulgated regulations requiring automotive recyclers to recycle ELVs to set environmental standards, which includes the removal of all asbestos-containing brake pads prior to compaction of vehicle hulks, during preparation for shipment to metal recyclers. Commenting on this move by the federal government, Steve Fletcher, managing director of ARC, had the following to say:

“For an auto recycler there is no way to know whether a brake pad contains asbestos or not. In Ontario, every pad will need to be removed, and where the recycler encounters an asbestos brake pad, there is inevitably going to be some release of asbestos particulate into the air. This is an unacceptable and wholly unnecessary risk. Asbestos brake pads should simply not exist in Canada. We are calling for the federal Ministers of Health and Environment and Climate Change to act now.”

Asbestos is something that all of us should be concerned with, and its use in products that recyclers must eventually manage is an issue we’ll be following closely here at Recycling Product News.

Our cover story “Taking auto scrap indoors”, starting on page 12, features Hamilton-based Bodyline Auto Recyclers. Bodyline is one of the first in North America to move their ELV recycling operations indoors, using electric-powered material handlers, and is an example of how auto recyclers are adapting and growing in a tough industry with ever-tightening environmental regulations.

The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries is holding their 75th Annual Convention in Ottawa, June 9-12th. This year’s sessions will be focused on the challenges of current metal and other recyclables markets, trade and the economy. See our Last Word, this issue, for insight from CARI’s president, Tracy Shaw, who talks about the importance of the recycling industry as a whole, and the concept of “designing products for recycling” from the start, when it comes to creating a truly global circular economy.

Eliminating the use of asbestos-containing brake pads in the cars we manufacture would certainly be a fantastic contribution to this end.


It’s always sad to read of a Mesowarriors death but it’s so great that the Partner or Sons or Daughter can find the courage to share their story. We need the awareness of Mesothelioma and the dangers of Asbestos to get to the public as there is still many that don’t realise the dangers are still with us. People think that because it’s banned that we are safe but that isn’t true as so many Tradsemen are finding out.

The people involved in stripping Asbestos out of our buildings find it in fire doors and frames, and around pipes. So many places.

Cambridgeshire woman tells of heartbreak of losing husband to mesothelioma

Tony White, who died following a short battled with mesothelioma.

The wife of a former lift engineer who tragically died from a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure has spoken about the terrible affects of the disease.

Tony White, of Elsworth, died from mesothelioma in May last year aged 68 – just 10 months after he was diagnosed.

His heartbroken widow Gill, 69, who has spoken out following Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday, said her husband realised something was not right when he began to have breathing problems.

“He went to the post box down the road which is a two or three-minute walk, he came back and said ‘I can’t breathe properly’,” she said. “I just said you need to go to the doctor. That was it. The doctor sent him for an X-ray and that’s when they discovered it was mesothelioma and he was diagnosed a couple of weeks after that.

“He died 10 months later. It was like being slapped hard across the face. It was a shock.”

image: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276453/binaries/Anthony.jpg

More than 2,600 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the UK, which develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. Symptoms, which include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and a persistent cough, typically do not appear until several decades after exposure to asbestos.

It mainly affects the lining of the lungs although it can also affect the lining of the stomach, heart or testicles.

Unfortunately it is rarely possible to cure mesothelioma, although treatment can help control the symptoms.

Gill said Tony’s initial symptoms were just shortness of breath but he later had to have regular drains of the pleural cavity in the lungs – to get rid of fluid which was causing him pain and breathing problems.

The illness progressed quickly once Tony was diagnosed and he sadly did not live to see the birth of his fourth great-grandchild who was born the week after he died.

But Gill said the care of Macmillan nurses really helped them while Tony was cared for at home.

“Anthony’s diagnosis came as a complete shock to all of us and it was terrible to see him in so much pain and how much he had to struggle to do a number of everyday tasks,” said Gill. “We had Macmillan nurses, all of whom were absolutely superb. They were unbelievably brilliant. They are so supportive, I don’t think we would have managed it without them.”

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is currently investigating how and where Tony, a father-of-two, was exposed to the asbestos that caused him to develop mesothelioma.

image: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276453/binaries/Anthony%202.jpg

Another mesothelioma sufferer, former carpenter Robert Kempster, 79, from Haverhill, who was diagnosed with the disease in October last year, wants to raise awareness of the terrible disease in the hope it will show people how dangerous asbestos is.

The 79-year-old from Haverhill, known to his friends and family as Bob, said: “I feel strongly that people should be made aware of mesothelioma.

“It is still a problem and hopefully days like Action Mesothelioma Day will make sure people sit up and take notice of the terrible impact asbestos exposure can have.”

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/story-29466277-detail/story.html#ixzz4Dig6O2vS
Follow us: @CambridgeNewsUK on Twitter | cambridgenews on Facebook
Read more at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/story-29466277-detail/story.html#2TcHM524G48wy7Hj.99

RIP and lets put a stop to this madness.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s