The following was received from one of our old and bold communicators..
I read with interest the piece in the latest Comms info about the Asbestos Registery.
Last year I was diagnosed with mesothelioma (pleural ) which is caused by asbestos in the lining of the lung.Without knowing, I had apparently picked this up on the Rotoiti in 1957,
some 57 years ago. It can take up to 70 years to appear. It is a terminal cancer unfortunately. ACC were very good and gave me a six figure payout for my troubles and funded a chemotherapy course at a cost to them of around $35,000, this no doubt prolonging my life a bit longer. The money is very nice but how long I will get to enjoy it I do not know but no doubt my kids will have a right merry old party on the proceeds.
The Veterans affairs for their troubles were very kind and gave me a $10 addition to my Veterans pension per week with the proviso that I would get more when I cannot leave the house or am confined to my pit.
The oncologist I deal with stated that it is a rare type of cancer and he only gets two or three cases a year down this way. Perhaps up in the more densely populated Auckland area where perhaps more old salts retire to there may be more cases
If anyone is unlucky enough to get this cancer I would stress that they get their oncologist to send in a claim to ACC regardless of whether they get a Veterans Pension or not.
I can still mow my lawn and go shopping but again for how long I do not know. So now a week by week outlook on the future.
Many thanks for the article on asbestosis.
MOD have acknowledged the fact that I suffer from Sleep apnoea and emphysema and have afforded me a 20% disability pension, But will not acknowledge the latent asbestosis with which my lung specialist has diagnosed. I will follow the steps you have outline and complete the registration form.