Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Victim Gives Grim Warning about Asbestos; Ian Randle Is Living with a Death Sentence. Now He Wants DIYers to Heed His Message

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Victim Gives Grim Warning about Asbestos; Ian Randle Is Living with a Death Sentence. Now He Wants DIYers to Heed His Message

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Mesothelioma

A deadly cancer relating to the lining of the lungs, common among individuals who have been exposed to asbestos.

WHILE lying in a Brisbane Hospital bed in March, Ian Randle admits thinking long and hard how he could warn unsuspecting individuals about the dangers of asbestos.

Given his diagnosis and short life expectancy from acquiring a deadly asbestos disease, it is testimony to the Rockhampton manCOs compassion for fellow humans.

Despite the shock of been given a death sentence, Ian Randle turned it into a positive.

A doting husband and family man and self-made businessman, he worked his way to the top after quitting school at 15.

From selling papers off a Brisbane tram, he powered on to a diversified career, first with the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board.

In 1989 he took over B & M Discounts in Rockhampton and for 24 years sold the odds as a bookmaker at Callaghan Park.

IanCOs life was flashing before him in that Wesley Hospital bed when recuperating from surgery which drained over two litres of fluid from his lung.

This came about after an initial bout of feeling C[pounds sterling]off colour in FebruaryC[yen] which digressed to shortness of breath.

Ian said he had no pain but its persistence had him quickly seeking medical attention which led to him having C[pounds sterling]every test known to manC[yen].

Regressing, Ian had no idea in late February about the shocking news the weeks ahead would bring.

It included surgery and an extended 18 days stay during recuperation in Brisbane.

Just weeks earlier, Ian, 75, was living life to the fullest with the C[pounds sterling]love of his lifeC[yen], wife Kathleen.

Now in March he was diagnosed with mesothelioma Co a fatal form of asbestosis.

C[pounds sterling]There is no cure and the average life expectancy is around 12 months so letCOs hope I am above averageC[yen], Ian joked.

Ian could have quite easily digressed into a shell lined with feelings of anger and remorse but.

C[pounds sterling]I harbour no angerC[yen], Ian said.

Instead he has paid this writer the most moving compliment of using this column What About as a means to warn of the perils associated with asbestos.

C[pounds sterling]If you and I Tony can save one life by warning people of the dangers of asbestos, then I will not have died in vainC[yen], were the poignant words Ian said that will live in my memory forever.

Mesothelioma is a cancer relating to the lining of the lungs and is common in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos.

Cruelly, the disease has a long latency or dormant period in its unwitting victims.

Data from the Asbestos Resource Centre about mesothelioma is chilling.

It says without any evidence or activity, it can lie dormant from C[pounds sterling]10 to 60 yearsC[yen]. …

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