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2nd June 2017, 10:21 AM
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2nd June 2017, 01:31 PM
Re: Pleural Mesothelioma
Thanks Brian for this post and raising awareness of this terrible disease. I lost my best friend to this cancer 4 years ago now.
He was an Electrician and had been working in the roof spaces of schools and hospitals and this is were he came into contact with Asbestos.
Billy was only 63 when he crossed the bar, it was not an easy death. I sat with him at nights several times in his last few days so his wife and family could get some rest.
It was Billy's passing helped me make up my mind about retiring a year before I intended.
Who knows what tomorrow brings.
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