It didn't come as a complete surprise - we had been advised back in the spring that her life expectancy was short. However, whilst forewarning helps soften the blow of bad news when it comes, it does not lessen the feelings of loss and sadness on such occasions.
Steve's mum, Jean, was no stranger to mesothelioma. She cared for his dad when he was diagnosed with the disease back in the 1980s. I guess that makes her an honorary Meso Warrior, as well as a much loved mum, mum-in-law, gran and great grandma.