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Cancer Through a Carers' Eyes...

Mesothelioma was the furthest thing from Brian Kember's mind when at the age of fifty two he began to experience shortness of breath. Exposed to Asbestos as a child living with his parents in the asbestos mining town of Wittenoom in Western Australia; he could not have imagined that forty five years later, he would be diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma and given a prognosis of three to nine months. So began Brian's courageous two year battle with this debilitating disease and his wife Lorraine's emotional journey of care.

Her determination to care for her husband at home and to ensure that he did not suffer unnecessary pain, resulted in him attaining a quality of life few thought possible.

'Lean on Me' Cancer through a Carer's Eyes is Lorraine and Brian's inspirational true story. If you are caring for a loved one with Mesothelioma or cancer of any kind, you need to read this book.

Uniquely combining both the physical and emotional impact of caring for a loved one with cancer, 'Lean on Me' includes insight and discussion on: pain control, symptom management and coping with grief as well as many excerpts and poems from Lorraine's personal diary. These deeply moving pieces, penned by Lorraine as she cared for her dying husband, offer a rare insight into 'anticipatory grief', the roller coaster of emotions we experience upon the terminal diagnosis of a loved one.

Recommendation: Dr Andrew Dean MB.ch.BMRCH(UK) FRACP Consultant Physician in Palliative Care:

Lorraine's refreshing discussions, thoughts and views really do provide a good insight to the trials and tribulations that accompany an illness such as this but also emphasize the good things that they experienced together and the benefits they got from their treatment. It is this writing that actually gives such hope to anybody who is potentially facing the same journey. I believe that this is a truly amazing book that everybody with cancer should read.

Asbestos: A Time Bomb in the Making

Tragically the word mesothelioma is becoming more and more well known. The mere mention of it striking fear into all of us for we know that it is associated with death. Asbestos is the reaper, mesothelioma its hand maiden.

Most of us have at some time in our lives been in contact with products containing asbestos. We sat in asbestos class rooms, stood beside our fathers as they cut asbestos fencing and pulled up old linoleum with asbestos clogged to the back of it. We even visited the local tip where broken sheets of asbestos lay open to the wind.

Mesothelioma: The Largest Man-made Epidemic

Records show that there is higher incidence of asbestosis and mesothelioma, amongst those who have directly worked in asbestos mines, ship yards and companies making products from asbestos; however there are a large number of people afflicted, who have never worked in these industries. Many women have succumbed to the disease simply because they shook the dust from their husband's clothes before putting them in the wash. Children innocently playing in their own back yard inhaled the deadly dust; they had no way of knowing that their sand was the deadly asbestos blue. A good bath at the end of the day may have removed the dust from their skin but the dust in their lungs remained and would lay dormant for many years before claiming its deadly legacy. Brian Kember was one of those children.

Mesothelioma in Australia

It is documented that Australia had the highest per capita use of asbestos in the world from the 1950's until the 1970's. As a tragic consequence, Australia now has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world. With more than 500 Australians contracting mesothelioma per year, it is estimated that up to 18,000 Australians will die from this asbestos related cancer by the year 2020.

Asbestos Disease Association member's world wide are working tirelessly and fighting almost insurmountable odds to ban asbestos form all countries of the world. It is a sobering and frightening fact that even if we were successful in this quest today, the legacy of asbestos related diseases will continue for five decades.

For more information on Mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers, visit: Mesothelioma Cancer Center

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The Grieving Journey

In this, the Sequel to Lean on Me; Lorraine takes an intimate look at the grieving journey, combining insight and discussion along with diary excerpts and poems written days, months and years following her husband’s death.

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If you or a loved one are suffering from mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Center will cover the cost and postage of 'Lean on Me' and provide it to you free of charge.

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