Mandy, the District Nurse also dropped by to see how I am and to collect the file with Steve's notes. She independently suggested putting things like the condolence/sympathy cards in a memory box, and taking them out in a few months time to look through again and really appreciate the kind thoughts and words, when it feels a little less raw...
However, when putting put each card in the box I made a note of some of the lovely things you said about Steve. Having posted the family tributes (we are biased after all!) I thought these words from friends would round off the picture.
I have added the lovely tribute to Steve from our dear friend Linda Reinstein at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) and the post from fellow meso blogger Amanda to complete the picture.
The only other news for now is that a post-mortem was not necessary, given that the cause of Steve's death was known, documented and anticipated. However, the Coroner will hold an inquiry into Steve's death in early July to establish whether or not the exposure to asbestos which caused his mesothelioma was as a result of employment. We'll deal with that when the time comes...
The next blog post is likely to be some time in the future, when Jack updates his JustGiving page with news of progress in his training regime!
Several people (including Mandy, the District Nurse) have suggested publishing the blog as a real book because it will help provide some reassurance that you CAN live with a terminal illness, and help people understand what its like taking part in clinical drug trials. If any one has any experience in such matters, please get in touch. I am an electronic blog veteran now, but a hard copy book virgin so would appreciate any advice, tips etc about getting such a project off the ground!
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these words which give different perspectives on the man who has been the subject of the blog since 2009, with apologies if I've inadvertently missed out or misquoted your tribute.
Words from friends