Eileen Day – adfa Secretary
My name is Eileen Day; I am the Secretary of Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia. A position I have held since 2002 and one in which I enjoy very much.
My first contact with the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia began in November 1999, when my husband Reg, my daughters, Michelle & Kathy attended our first meeting at Granville.
I met Ella Sweeney who was the President, Barry Robson, Reg Stephenson and his wife June who was the Secretary at that time, Colleen and Allan Steel all of which I remain very close friends with. Ella Sweeney who helped me through the rough times is now my best friend.
Reg my husband of 27 years had been experiencing some breathing problems, coughing all the time and very weak. Our doctor didn’t know what was wrong with him. He told him to have steam treatments. Reg had taken 3 lots of antibiotics which didn’t do anything. He had x-rays done which showed there was a build up of fluid.
He was admitted to Blacktown Hospital and the doctor drained his lung. They took 4.8 litres of fluid and by 7 pm that night his lung was full again. Reg was told after waking up from an operation called pleural dias he had only 6 weeks to 2 years to live as the lung cancer he had was terminal. He was told it was Mesothelioma an asbestos related lung cancer which can only come from exposure to asbestos.
When the young doctor told me what was wrong with Reg he didn’t look up at me but kept his head down. I remember saying what is the doctor talking about? I had to ask a couple of times what was asbestos?
To have to tell our 4 children their Dad was going to die, through no fault of his own, was devastating in which I will never forget.
We looked up everything we could find on the internet. It always came up as no cure “terminal”.
The reason I am involved in the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia it’s a way for me to give something back to the many victims and their families who I have talked to over the years.
Without the support of the members of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, I and we as a family foremost would not be able to do what I do today.