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Sincere sympathy for cancer patient.

THE extremely sad story (Western Mail, November 6) of the tragic situation former teacher Geoffrey Lee faces, with a diagnosis of terminal mesothelioma, resonates deeply with me and I send my heartfelt thoughts to him and his family.

On November 13, 2015, my wife, Brenda, passed away with the same dreadful illness. She died after a high-risk operation, being so weak, to explore why her stomach was so distended, which pointed to a bowel problem. The operation uncovered a tumour in her small bowel. She was in intensive care for the two weeks after the surgery, on life support, when the diagnosis of mesothelioma was made known to me. It was on the day she died. She never knew the illness that devastated her health over many years.

She had a long history of lung, and abdomen fluid build-up issues over a 25-year period with frequent hospital visits and admissions. A long list of frustrated consultants were mystified by her symptoms, which we now know were associated with mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for many decades.

To this day where and when the problem started is a mystery so I have been unable to seek legal redress as Geoffrey Lee did.

Hopefully, the known dangers of asbestos will now see this horrendous illness become history in the near future.

John Edwards Porthcawl

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 8, 2017
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