Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Computer literate again! High tea and good bye to a beautiful mesothelioma warrior and dear friend.

Hurrah!   After 3 weeks of putting up with our ancient computer that failed recently due to an electrical storm we have bought a new computer and Keith set it up last night.   So much quicker for everything.    For those that are MAC freaks I hate to disappoint you - we have another PC!

Last Saturday 1 February 2014 was the inaugural Ban Asbestos Conference to be held in Pakistan thanks to the Syed Fareed Ahmed Memorial Mesothelioma General Hospital Foundation and in particular Syed Mezab Ahmed and his father who bravely took on the cause/case after their uncle/brother died of tongue cancer caused by exposure to asbestos while working in Pakistan.  It is a credit to both of them holding this conference and showing much needed awareness and education.   Small steps become bigger steps.    Linda Reinstein (ADAO - America) and myself both presented via video raising further global awareness, advocacy and education towards a global ban on asbestos. 

On Monday 3 February a beautiful service was held for our brave warrior who recently lost her battle with mesothelioma.   Jan was my friend, we supported each other and were both not afraid to speak about the ''end''.   Last year Jan supported me through my chemotherapy of 4 months, and there were times then when I did not think that I was going to survive the treatments again, however Jan was always there with encouragement, same as I was for her.   We both could lay our inner thoughts on the table, speak the truth about dying/living and knew one of us wasn't going to make it.
Tragically, Jan Egerton lost her courageous mesothelioma battle today. Please join ADAO in sending sincere condolences to Gary and her entire family. Jan was dearly loved and respected and she tirelessly helped patients and family members around the world during her mesothelioma battle and lived her words, "Don't be alone in this battle. We are all here to help each other...” Jan, I will miss our Skype calls, seeing your smile, and reading your inspirational and courageous blogs. We will miss you forever and a day. With love, Linda bit.ly/17AyAHh bit.ly/17AyAHh
 RIP beautiful lady
Yesterday I caught the train to Melbourne city, walked along Southbank and our Yarra River with all the tourist boats gently cruising along the river, to the beautiful and old world Langham Hotel where I met my lovely sister in law as it is her very special birthday, for a tiffin high tea at 11am, 3 hours later after sitting there and chatting to each other we left and wandered around Federation Square - a true icon of Melbourne. 
A toast to Linda's birthday
  • Federation Square
  • Federation Square is a civic centre and cultural precinct in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was opened in 2002.
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