In memory of Meso Warrior Debbie Brewer

9 Jun 2013 by under Events, People

Debbie Brewer april 2012 209x300 In memory of Meso Warrior Debbie BrewerI am so sad today to learn that Meso Warrior , our friend in the U.K., has passed away. Debbie was a truly wonderful person with the biggest heart. She fought every day not just for herself, but for everyone with mesothelioma, everyone affected by disease. I will miss her so much.

That may seem strange to some, since I never had the chance to meet Debbie face to face, but I felt as if she was a friend. Debbie was the first person to allow us to share her story here on myMeso. She wrote her own blog, Mesothelioma & Me, talking not only about her fight for meso awareness and her physical battles with the disease, but sharing funny, sad, sometimes angry, and everyday stories about her life. She was an open book and welcomed friends with open arms.

Occasionally I had people email me who had read Debbie’s story here, and wondered if she might be willing for them to contact her to talk. Debbie was always willing.

Debbie traveled to the U.S. and worked with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), connecting with more people and spreading the message about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the desperate need for a cure.

She traveled to Germany to undergo a new experimental treatment, for a time taming the tumor she – with her trademark sense of humor – nicknamed Theo. Damn Theo. She spoke to members of Parliament, petitioning for relief for asbestos victims. She worked with the Mick Knighton Foundation, helping to raise funds for mesothelioma research and treatment.

I was happy that Debbie accepted my friend request on Facebook. She was a prolific poster, sharing stories and photos of her travels, her beautiful family and children, her shenanigans with friends, her wigs and hats, a new car. All the ups and downs were there. Oh, how I will miss seeing her signature “xx”.

Debbie, I know this post is rambling. Your passing seems so sudden, and the world is a much sadder place without you in it. I hope you are running and laughing and strong now. I know you are bringing joy with your tremendous spirit.


One Response to “In memory of Meso Warrior Debbie Brewer”

  1. Lou Williams

    A beautiful warrior who touched many lives.

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    LOU Williams is slowly choking to death.