Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos-like mineral fibers

20 Oct 2015 by under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

Phillip Cook image courtesy Minnesota Post 100x100 Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos like mineral fibersAlthough he died of cancer in 2013 before he could complete his life’s work, researcher Phillip Cook will have an impact on the evaluation of -like mineral fibers and how they affect the body. Shortly after the scientist, who worked at the Environmental Protection Agency () for much of his career, passed away, his colleague decided the research must be completed. The results create a way to evaluate which fibrous minerals are more or less toxic. (more…)


Australian Whistleblower Abused, Harassed After Exposing Asbestos Danger

25 Aug 2015 by under Legal, News, People

whistleblower 100x100 Australian Whistleblower Abused, Harassed After Exposing Asbestos DangerFrom comes a story of the extreme harassment, abuse, and other malicious treatment that whistleblowers who try to expose wrongdoing often must face. (more…)


Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestos

19 Aug 2015 by under Legal, People

Judge Amos C Saunders 100x100 Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestosA man who once dedicated his life to meting out justice from the bench may have had his life cut short as a result of a hazardous material in his own courtroom. Adenocarcinoma, a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure, took the life of retired New Jersey Judge on Aug. 16 of this year. The litigation pinning the judge’s alleged asbestos exposure to the courthouse will “absolutely” continue on and be amended to a wrongful death case, Saunders’ attorney, Rachel Placitella, told the New Jersey Law Journal. (more…)


Young man diagnosed with mesothelioma in both abdomen and lungs; family seeks help

11 Feb 2014 by under News, People, Research/Treatment

Olsen family 300x215 Young man diagnosed with mesothelioma in both abdomen and lungs; family seeks helpJust before Christmas last year, a young man, just 33 years old, was diagnosed with . His diagnosis came after two years of puzzling symptoms and pain, multiple doctor visits, surgeries and tests. Finally, on Dec. 23, 2013, doctors confirmed that he had – not only affecting his lungs, but also his abdomen. Now, Christian H. Olsen, Jr., and his family are asking for help as he faces a battle for his life. (more…)


Get ready to bust a plate! It’s almost Lung Leavin’ Day!

16 Jan 2014 by under Events, News, People

LLD TalkingPlate Get ready to bust a plate! Its almost Lung Leavin Day!It might sound crazy to some people, but survivor , her family, friends and ever-growing network of meso warriors are getting ready to celebrate the 8th annual Lung Leavin’ Day on Februrary 2, 2014. The celebration was devised to mark the anniversary of Heather’s extrapleural pneumonectomy – a radical treatment for mesothelioma in which a lung, part of the diaphragm and surrounding tissue is removed in an effort to battle the rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. (more…)


Mesothelioma victims die while investment conglomerate drags its feet in pursuit of profit

10 Oct 2013 by under Legal, News, Organizations, People

Berkshire Hathaway 100x100 Mesothelioma victims die while investment conglomerate drags its feet in pursuit of profitThere are allegations of “bad faith” swirling around multinational conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Lawyers representing both asbestos victims and manufacturers say two of the company’s subsidiaries – National Indemnity Co. and Resolute Management Inc. – which are supposed to handle asbestos and pollution policies, are purposely delaying paying claims in order to benefit Berkshire’s bottom line. (more…)


9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is marked

11 Sep 2013 by under Events, Legal, News, People

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is markedToday Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at Ground Zero in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)


Man’s death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years before

7 Aug 2013 by under News, People

asbestos courtesy whtimes.co .uk  100x100 Mans death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years beforeAn inquiry into the death of a UK man has revealed he suffered from mesothelioma, which he contracted on the job after being exposed to asbestos for only “two or three days,” 46 years ago. Coroner Edward Thomas declared resident Roger Beale died of as a result of the asbestos exposure. (more…)


Debbie Brewer’s funeral set for June 20; family welcomes all whose lives she touched

18 Jun 2013 by under Events, News, People

debbie brewer 10 2009 100x100 Debbie Brewers funeral set for June 20; family welcomes all whose lives she touchedI was very sad to report earlier this month that our beloved meso warrior, Brewer, passed away after battling six years against . Her funeral is set for Thursday, June 20, a 1 p.m. at Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth, U.K. ’s family says all whose lives she touched are welcome to attend the service. Well-wishers are asked – per ’s request – not to wear black to the services. (more…)


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 asbestos 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 (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.

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