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Old 03-24-2017, 12:49 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is the best section to post this but here we go..

About four years ago my neighbour was diagnosed and subsequently passed away as result of a fairly rare cancer (mesothelioma). I’d not heard of this before but not long after it was announced that, one long term forum member, ChrisO, also had the condition and sadly passed away. I have recently been diagnosed with the same condition. Coincidentally all three of us share the same first name “Chris”. My condition is being quite well managed for the moment but I really have no expectation of “time horizon” other than enjoying each successive day with family/friends.

The reason for posting this is partly because I have the chance to explain my position rather than just disappear which I’m sure has happened to many other members. But more importantly because I have had huge, and I mean huge, amount of pleasure and satisfaction the forums and contributing (albeit limited) to posts. The variety of contributors and their views has been compelling and often made me rethink my orthodox views. And well done to the site owners and mods for maintaining a great site in well balanced spirit.

This post is not intended to be morbid or to canvass self pity. I am in good spirits so keeping my chin up and will keep reading and hopefully post the odd post.

Best wishes to all.
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Chris, so sorry to hear this news, but also, thanks for posting and for letting us know what's up. I'll take a moment to say how much I appreciate your participation on here, and the huge contribution you make. I feel like I've learned a lot from you, and I wish you all the best going forward.
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Geez Chris, I'm so sorry to hear this. Stay strong and certainly stay active here; we need your help!

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Both you and ChrisO have made important contributions here and it is tragic that you have received this diagnosis.

Unfortunately, here in Australia mesothelioma is a well known disease with about 700 people diagnosed every year. Many Australians personally know someone who has been a victim. My wife is on a register for workplace exposure to asbestos dust but fortunately has not shown any symptoms in the fifteen years since. However it can take decades from exposure though nobody knows why some people are exposed and never contract it.

Asbestos was widely used as a building product here until it was banned in 1983, long after its manufacturers well knew of the dangers. The company James Hardie was convicted and forced to set up a fund for compensation. They created a fund that won't cover the costs and promptly moved to The Netherlands.

Asbestos mine tailings were used as fill in mining towns. School children played in the stuff.
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Chris,
So sorry for that bad news. Glad to hear you have your chin up and intend to keep reading and participating. Stay strong and continue with the forum since it is a source of satisfaction to you and your comments and insight are always spot on. I have learned much from your posts, your patience and clarity of thought.

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