Debbie died last night in her sleep some seven years after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2006, told that she had 6-9 months to live and that fighting this aggressive cancer was fruitless.
Debbie decided there and then that she was not prepared to lay down and die. Since that time, she has lived and full and eventful life. She has not been afraid to try new approaches to treating this disease as well as conventional treatment. She been an inspiration to other people around the world who have been given the same devastating diagnosis and has provided practical and emotional support to them and their loved ones.
We contacted Debbie just a few days after Steve was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2009 and she responded within hours, offering her support and giving us her phone numbers in case we wanted to talk. She has been with us every step of the way since then.
We will miss you so much Debbie. You will always be in our hearts. Thank you for being there for us, and for the worldwide meso community.
We send our love and big hugs to your close friends and family, especially your children Kieran, Siobhan and Rich.
Debbie, you have lit a candle in memory of so many meso warriors who have lost their lives to this disease. With tears in my eyes, I light one for you now. Rest in peace. No more pain.