Anita was talking to the Meso Warriors online only last week about starting a new chemotherapy drug. It therefore came as a great shock on return from our travels on Saturday night to read that Anita had died earlier that day, some four and a half years after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Although our hearts are heavy with this sad news, those who followed Anita's story will always find inspiration from her words and positive outlook on life:
"I know at present Mesothelioma is classified as an incurable cancer. But I think, with the right mindset, there is no reason to believe that you can’t beat it. Yes, it doesn’t help if you have been diagnosed at a late stage of the cancer, having the right attitude doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good outcome, and there is no evidence that a positive attitude will slow the growth of cancer. But that is not what I am suggesting. What I am saying is that it is possible a cure is going to come along before the cancer gets you and by, keeping that in mind and having a positive attitude, it does equip you with the right frame of mind to want to fight it and win."
14 March 1962 - 12 November 2011
Thank you, Anita for your words of inspiration. We send our love to Emma, your family and friends.