I always thought that mesothelioma was something old men who’d worked in shipyards got and the stuff of late night TV commercials. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve recently met a new blog friend, Heather Von St. James, and learned that mesothelioma turned her world upside down when she was the mother of a three month old baby. Heather’s story is inspirational and one you need to know. Grab your tissues and get ready to be encouraged by the power of hope.
September 26th is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Like any disease, education is the first step in defeating it. When Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma, she learned that her father had unknowingly exposed her to asbestos on his work jacket when she was just a little girl. Even more than 30 years after the peak of its use, asbestos exposure is still the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US. Most patients diagnosed with mesothelioma are given just ten months to live. Heather was diagnosed in November of 2005 and through courage, love and sheer determination, along with extensive medical procedures and treatment, she is celebrating her 10th year since the diagnosis. Heather’s philosophy that “With hope, the odds don’t matter,” should inspire us all.
Please join me in sharing Heather’s story and information about mesothelioma to inspire others. I can’t do justice to Heather’s story, so please drop by her site and hear her story in her own words. Learn more about mesothelioma at Mesothelioma.com.