Exciting news!! Mesothelioma Warrior Debbie Brewer, our friend from the U.K., will speak to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in July! Debbie will address Members of Parliament, sharing her personal battle with mesothelioma and raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. On her blog, Mesothelioma & Me, Debbie writes, “I hope I get the message across about how mesothelioma affects a family and the heart ache and devastation that goes with it. It will be great to speak to the insurers and company managers and let them see the real face of mesothelioma and the affects of asbestos exposure.”
For those of us in the United States who may not be familiar with British government, Wikipedia offers some information about the House of Commons:
“The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which, like the House of Lords (the upper house), meets in the Palace of Westminster. The Commons is a democratically elected body consisting of 650 members known as Members of Parliament (MPs). Members are elected to represent constituencies by first-past-the-post and hold their seats until Parliament is dissolved.”
Since she was first diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2006, Debbie has become a leader in the fight for mesothelioma 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.
We are so thrilled for Debbie’s continued willingness to share her story to help eliminate asbestos and encourage funding for research and treatment to find a cure for mesothelioma. Doors continue to be opened to this wonderful Meso Warrior! Please bookmark Debbie’s blog for continued information about this latest opportunity, and we will be eagerly following her story as well!