After going through three years of chemotherapy for terminal lung cancer, 66-year-old Roger Mollison was told that he was wrongly diagnosed and actually has a non-life threatening condition.
The Mirror writes that Mollison, a hospital porter, was told he had nine months to live. A lab test had revealed that he had lethal mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs caused of asbestos exposure. He stopped working and began a grueling chemotherapy treatment to slow the progress of the disease.
But Mollison, who was spending as much time with his children and grandchildren as he could, didn’t die in nine months. He even lived to see his son get married and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren be born.
At the end of this March—three years after the cancer diagnosis—doctors told him that they had been mistaken about his original diagnosis. In fact, Mollison has another asbestos-related condition that is not fatal.
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“I’ve spent almost three years fearing I’d die any time and my family have suffered horribly,” Mollison told the Mirror.
“I prepared to not be around for much longer and went through the awful feelings that go with that.”
Mollison was admitted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after he began suffering breathing problems. Mesothelioma claims the lives of 2,000 men in the UK every year, killing it victims between six and 18 months. Mollison had been exposed to asbestos while working as in insulation engineer.
"Then I was shocked to the core when they told me the original lab results were wrong and I’m still trying to come to terms with it,” Mollison said. He loved his job as a hospital porter, he told the Daily Mail, and would have continued to work much longer.
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“We are hugely relieved Roger is not desperately ill but devastated about what we all went through,” said his wife, Liz. “Surely these hospital tests should always be checked and rechecked.”
“It is wonderful to know that I am not dying but I have lost all confidence in doctors and don’t know if I ever will regain it,” Mollison added.