When Debbie “Muvmuv” Brewer was diagnosed in 2006 with pleural mesothelioma, it was a tough year. She’d also lost her beloved Dad, Phillip Northmore, who succumbed to his own asbestos-related disease. After meeting Muvmuv a few weeks ago at the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, I wrote that she named the tumor inside her chest wall “Theo,” and she was hoping that he would remain dormant. Muvmuv, a native of Plymouth UK, was due to undergo a CT scan:
“to find out if Theo had moved at all, or if he has been a typical lazy man and sat on the sofa watching TV. He must be the only male I want to stay as a couch potato.”
Debbie “Muvmuv” Brewer, 53, is the mother of three children, a daughter and two sons, including one with special needs. Her dad worked as a lagger for the Ministry of Defense, and her exposure to asbestos likely came from her father’s work clothes. As I noted in my previous post about Muvmuv, she’s as far from a couch potato as one could get. She’s one of the thousands of “Meso Warriors” around the globe, who are waging personal battles against mesothelioma and fighting for a global ban on the mining and use of all forms of asbestos.
Before Muvmuv received the news that her Theo was waging a new battle, she was honored with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO) Alan Reinstein Tribute award. Her acceptance speech shows her firecracker spirit:
I’m calling on all readers of The Pump Handle to close their eyes for just 30 seconds, and send waves of positive energy across the pond to Meso Warrior Muvmuv.