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One of our service users has been waiting more than14 months for his claim to be assessed

15 July 2021

In May members of the All Party Parliament Group on Asbestos met Justin Tomlinson, the minister of state for disabled people, with some of his team. The Asbestos Group raised the issue of how Covid-19 affects patients with pleural thickening and asbestosis. Most have been waiting for many months before their claims for benefit and…

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If you have asbestosis, did you work in the car industry?

12 July 2021

People often wonder when they were exposed to asbestos at work. A diagnosis of asbestosis or pleural thickening is a sure sign that someone has worked hands-on with asbestos, but sometimes people are left puzzling about when this might have been. This is because there were a lot of products containing hidden asbestos. Worse still,…

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If you missed Action Mesothelioma Day it’s never too late to get involved!

7 July 2021

Our On-line ActionMeso Day meeting We held an informal meeting where people shared stories about how mesothelioma had affected their lives. Someone mentioned a link to the original World in Action investigation into the activities of Cape Asbestos in their Acre Mill at Hebden Bridge. This was a landmark in getting the damage caused by…

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My wife, Lyn, was exposed to asbestos in school

2 July 2021

On Action Meso Day, Roy from Worcestershire shares the story of his wife Lyn, who worked in a school laboratory for 19 years, where she was exposed to asbestos. He makes a powerful plea for ZeroAsbestos in schools. A report published today by JUAC, the Join Union Asbestos Committee, suggests that asbestos in schools is…

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Mesothelioma stopped my brother from caring for his wife and riding his beloved motorbikes

1 July 2021

Rob Harper from Birmingham shares the story of his brother Chris, who was a plumberin Lichfield. The first effects of mesothelioma came from a shortness of breath. Although 79 years old Chris had been active all of his life. He played golf and cycled regularly as well as dismantling, repairing and riding his beloved veteran…

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Bob was my rock and mesothelioma took him away

1 July 2021

Maureen from Nuneaton lost her husband to mesothelioma in 2016. She is a member of our Butterfly Group, which supports bereaved relatives and campaigns for the removal of asbestos. Bob had worked for a metal fabrication company and for Birmingham City Council. My husband Bob was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014, and I consider myself…

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Make an ActionMeso Board

1 July 2021

If you are joining us for our regional Action Meso Day event at 11 o’clock tomorrow, or joining the national event at 12.30, #ActionMeso would like you to make an ACTION MESO BOARD. To get an invite please email info@asbestossupportce.org for the West Midlands event at 11 and go to https://actionmeso.org/amd21/ for your invite to…

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Marian’s story: the impact of mesothelioma on my mental health

1 July 2021

Marian, a former social worker who lives in Birmingham, shares her thoughts and feelings about being diagnosed with mesothelioma. In October last year my life changed. A brief telephone call, from one of the medical registrars from the Hospital where I had undergone investigation, told me that I had a rare form of cancer and there was…

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Learning about Mesothelioma wasn’t what I meant when I decided to learn something new

30 June 2021

Retired West Midlands teacher Bev found herself learning new lessons when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma My professional life was spent teaching.  Three decades to be exact.  On retiring, my aim was to become the pupil.  Nothing highbrow; tips on how to improve my golf swing and some cultural toe-dipping in far flung places. There was little time…

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Action Mesothelioma Day: Prevention is better than seeking a cure

28 June 2021

Ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is posing this question, ‘What can we do to help prevent lives being ruined by exposure to asbestos?’ In Britain, more than 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year because of past exposure to asbestos. The deadly material has been…

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