Meso warriors urged to rally around Debbie

10 May 2012 by under Organizations, People

Debbie Brewer april 2012 209x300 Meso warriors urged to rally around DebbieOne of our favorite Meso Warriors, Debbie Brewer, was disappointed this week to learn that her had progressed. Many of you have been following Debbie’s story through the past several years, since she originally shared it with us. Debbie has become a leader in the fight for awareness, and is an outspoken advocate both in her home in the U.K. and worldwide.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and sometimes the heart. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. Debbie traces her meso back to the asbestos dust brought home on her father’s work clothes when she was a child. For years, manufacturers covered up or downplayed the dangers of asbestos, resulting in the exposure of workers and their families to this deadly dust for decades. It may take mesothelioma as long as 40-50 years to manifest after exposure.

In April, Debbie was honored at the 2012 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Asbestos Awareness Conference. She received The Alan Reinstein Award for “her commitment to education, advocacy and support to countless patients and families.” The award is named in honor of ADAO co-founder Linda Reinstein’s husband, who passed away due to mesothelioma. Debbie traveled to Los Angeles, , for the event, where she also was a featured speaker.

Debbie had much success in the past with an experimental new meso treatment, chemoembolization, which is being pioneered by Dr. Thomas J. Vogl at J.W. Goethe University Hospital at Frankfurt University in Germany. This process introduces chemotherapy directly into a tumor, where it is basically sealed off so that it is concentrated in the area of need.

However, this time Debbie will undergo more traditional treatment with chemotherapy drugs alimta and cisplatin. She writes on her blog, “mesothelioma and me,” that “Germany is not an option, it is too much money and everyone’s lives are turned upside down, not just mine.” You can read a more detailed report of her diagnosis, and follow along with her story by visiting her blog.

We are sending out our thoughts, prayers and positive energy to Debbie as she fights this latest battle, wishing her strength and healing. We love you, Debbie! Kick its ass!

Send Debbie your wishes! Leave a comment on her blog, email her at phu_phita@hotmail.com or visit her on Facebook.

 

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