Sandra Kellett, 62, was working as a trainee nurse when she was unknowingly exposed to asbestos on a hospital ward that was undergoing refurbishment.
More than four decades later, in September 2017, she was diagnosed with right pleural mesothelioma - an asbestos-related cancer that affects the lungs’ linings.
“We came out of the hospital, my husband and I, and never spoke. We got in the car and we both just cried,” she said.
“I kept thinking, ‘I’m not going to see my daughter get married, I’m not going to see my granddaughter grow up, I’m not going to see her go to school or to her first nativity play’. All stupid things were going through my mind.”
Sandra, who is also a wife, mum-of-three and grandmother, was forced to give up work following her diagnosis.
“It devastated me, having to give up work,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t believe it’. You know, you’ve dedicated your life to looking after people and then you end up getting something like this.”