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Gran's got Mesothelioma (asbestos cancer)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by greengiant, 31 Jul 2006.

  1. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    A few weeks ago my gran had to get a biopsy taken from a lump on her chest.
    It has come back as Mesothelioma. :(

    My late grandad worked in the dockyard as a shipwright, so he was handling asbestos in a day to day basis. He'd then come home (give my dad a cuddle when he got in as my dad was just a child back then). My gran would then shake the asbestos dust out of my grandads work clothes while laundering them, thus inhaling the asbestos dust.

    Fast foward a few decades, and my gran's not got long to live, a few months at most.

    All very sad.

    Of course, there is also a risk that my dad and his brother may have been exposed to the asbestos dust too. :(

  2. penski


    Joined: 9 May 2005

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    Location: NE8

    Contact one of the many bloodsuckers/lawyers advertising compensation services for those affected by industrial asbestos use?

  3. Spacky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

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    Location: Cardiff, UK

    I'd suggest the same by law companies have to hold Asbestos related contact (whether working, exposure etc) for 30 yrs.

    Sorry to hear that though :(
  4. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

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    So sorry, grandad died of a similar cancer (submariner) It's a horrible way to go :(
  5. geeza


    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

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    there asbestos notices where I work everywhere (grand theatre) that says 'warning asbestos', or 'does not contain asbestos'. Its currently going through major renovation and a few months ago work was hindered by a few weeks because large amount were found and had to have special equipment to get ride of it all properly. I think it was off all the old tiles or something
  6. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    Thanks for the kind replies.

    At the moment Gran is being quite positive about it. A female relative has just gotten over breast cancer, so my gran is thinking that she can beat this too.
    Unfortunately that's not the case. However it is good that my gran is quite upbeat about things, so we will try and keep her happy going out and about etc until she is unable.


  7. DJMK4


    Joined: 1 Dec 2004

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    Location: S.Wales

    I work for a company who deal with Asbestos testing and removal, not in that department though, i work for IT, but Dealing with Aspestos is one of our main purposes. Iv seen scary facts of the harm it can cause.
  8. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    Just thought I'd give an update.

    Gran passed away on the 16th August, and we had the cremation service on the 21st.

    Towards the end she just fell asleep, so at least she didn't have a painful death.

    rest in peace, Nan.


  9. CSA

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Lancashire

    Sorry for your loss :(
  10. basmic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

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    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    Sorry for you loss.

    I can relate to three instances of my Grandparents dying to cancer - so I know exactly what you're going through. :(
  11. kitten_caboodle


    Joined: 21 Jul 2005

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    Location: Frack off, nosey

    I'm so sorry :(
    At least her passing was gentle.

  12. Minstadave


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    Location: Rutland

    I'm sorry :(
  13. greengiant

    Wise Guy

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    thank you for the kind replies.

  14. AlexG12


    Joined: 21 Dec 2005

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    I'm sorry for ya :(
  15. james.miller


    Joined: 17 Aug 2003

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    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    im sorry to hear that, greengiant. :(
  16. Vixen


    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

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    Location: Edinburgh

    Same here. I'm very sorry for your loss :(.
  17. PeterNem


    Joined: 15 Feb 2003

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    Location: NJ/NY, USA

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Having lost a Grandparent recently I know you must be feeling pretty down at the moment, but keep your chin up and remember the good times.
  18. El Gringo


    Joined: 6 May 2003

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    Location: Aberdeen/London

    Christ... So fast. My deepest sympathies.
  19. Stolly


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    My father in law lost his cancer battle in May.

    **** cancer.
  20. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    El Gringo, yes, it was a rather quick progression of the cancer. :(
    I guess the only good thing about that was gran didn't suffer too long in the end.

    Thanks again for all the replies.