Norma’s own pain and suffering is set aside as she supports fellow mesothelioma sufferers month by month. This is Norma’s story….January 2018
My name is Norma Ryan and I have had mesothelioma for 5 years. When given the diagnosis, although I knew what it meant as a family member also had it, that didn’t make it any less scary. I was 73, had my faith, strong family support and a loving community so made the decision to accept what was to come.
During 2013 I had chemo then the tumour became dormant. In 2015 when it became active again, I had further treatment. Chemo is not very pleasant but if you can persist with it, it certainly helped me. At present I am having no treatment, but need my lung drained every week.
I have a good Oncologist who I have confidence in and a supportive GP.
John, my husband, has been with me all the way on this journey. It has not always been easy for him – to take over running the home and dealing with cranky me!
Our five children, five in-laws and 15 grandchildren have been wonderful, helpful, supportive and loving to both John and myself.
In 2013, a support group was set up by Barry Knowles, the author of Reflections Through Reality and a fellow sufferer. We met mainly by word-of-mouth and have morning tea in our homes once a month. All agree it has been a great support to share this journey as a ‘family’.
Although sickness is no fun, I can see the blessings I have been given and I have no crystal ball to tell how my future will be or for how long, but for now I can only thank the Lord for Faith, Family, Friends and Flowers.