Today we're going to chat a little about something scary- cancer. Yup, we're going there. So many of us have been touched in some way by cancer- my own father battled (and won!) against cancer, while both my Pop Pop and grandfather-in-law died from cancer. Today, though, we'll be specifically digging into Mesothelioma a bit. I'll share some quick facts and info and ask you to join in the effort to raise awareness, as well as celebrate and participate in Lung Leavin' Day! What is that? Well, we'll get to that ;)
Today's story is about the lovely Heather Von St. James....
In 2005, at 36 years old, Heather gave birth to her sweet daughter, Lily. A mere three months later, she was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. As a girl, she wore her dad's work coat which contained asbestos from his construction job. She was told she had 15 months to live. But Heather fought- having surgery to remove her lung a few months later, and she ultimately won her battle with cancer! Now 10 years later, she has made it her mission to help other mesothelioma victims worldwide. Her story is one of hope and awareness.
Mesothelioma, the nitty gritty....
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects people who have been exposed to asbestos. It can metastasize in different areas, like the lung, abdominal cavity, and heart. Mesothelioma can be very difficult to diagnose because early warning signs can be misinterpreted as symptoms of other illnesses. Currently, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery are the most common treatments but the medical field is making great strides toward finding new ways to treat this type of cancer.
So! Now on to the fun stuff - let's celebrate! February brings the celebration of Heather's Lung Leavin' Day- an idea her sister came up with when Heather first underwent surgery. It now stands as a yearly reminder of how far Heather's journey has come and serves as awareness and inspiration for all those facing trials, tribulations, and, of course, cancer. Come join!!!
***** Lung Leavin' Day 2016 *****