Well its now November. Soon be Christmas then into 2015. Back in 2009 when we got the devastating news that Mavis was given 3 months to live. We had no idea that we would be celebrating almost another 6 years in the future. I would like a word with that Doctor.. He might decide to change his bedside death delivering message .
With a little thought he could have said. Without treatment the prognosis is not good. But there is treatment out there from which you may have a brighter outcome. He left us with no hope ,only heart ache and misery and pain.
But 5 and a half years on ,although we have been on highs and lows, happiness and sadness, good news and bad news. We had absolutely no idea just what Mavis has been able to achieve both in her quest to raise awareness and during the past few months a turn round in her physical status of needing a walking frame and sticks to get about, still a little unsteady but determined to improve.
From awards to speeches to patient Representative , creating a blog and a website onestopmesothelioma.co.uk achieving over a quarter of a million hits which is amazing. TV and radio interviews even recently an interview in Holland to broadcast to the Dutch to raise awareness to the dangers of asbestos. Even invited to speak in the House of Commons on 2 occasions including joining Lord Satchi and his innovative Bill. We have traveled as far as Derby, Manchester Leicester as well as to Local towns discussing this insidious disease. She talks at NHS meetings takes part in their discussions. Even now she has been an inspiration in helping create a calendar to raise money for Charity. She even cajoled me into posing in the calendar.
There is no bounds to her passion. Her fighting spirit and her ability to not give in is the reason we have defied that early ill advised Doctors statement. She is truly an amazing woman. I once said Mesothelioma didn’t know what it took on when it took on Mavis.
I am so proud of her and what she has achieved and I am sure she still has much more under her belt. Long may she continue to defy that early prognosis.