Mesothelioma - When What Seemed Good Might Have Been Bad
A close friend of my is a good 13 years older than I am, at about 82-83 years of age.
Please don't imagine for a moment that he was feeble or, perhaps at best, holding his own. No.
This fellow ran, rode a motorcycle, traveled the world, skied, flew a plane... well, you get the point... until about a year ago.
He was skiing when he took a spill. Shortly after that spill, when he wasn't feeling better, he visited the doctor. There was fluid that had to be drained from the pleura about his lungs.
Later, on testing, it was found he had mesothelioma! Asbestos was in the process of claiming another victim. Yet, this appeared to be a moderately early case. Could something be done?
Now pause for a moment... I CONCLUDED my friend was fortunate to have taken that spill, since his condition in that fashion came to light. In short, his spill, I reasoned, was a good thing.
But the mind is a funny thing. Sometimes when you're not trying to think, the brain exhibits the tendency to keep thinking without you! It occurred to me. This is months later. What came to my mind?
I realized the exposure to asbestos occurred 40 years previously. The condition was dormant. The fellow might have died never knowing a kind of time bomb was tick-tick-ticking within him. His eventual demise might have come from something else.
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