Archive | October 26, 2015

Microblog Mondays – Heather Von St. James, survivor

Microblog_MondaysI recently received an email from a woman who had survived mesothelioma cancer and wanted to spread the awareness of this type of cancer.  I’ve been pretty busy lately, but I finally got around to checking out her site and reading about her journey.  It was incredible.  Her name is Heather Von St. James and her story is profound, heartbreaking and inspirational.  Mesothelioma is an entirely preventable disease that is caused by asbestos exposure. For Heather, she was exposed to asbestos by wearing her father’s work jacket that carried the toxic fibers. She did not know as a little girl that would be the cause of her illness many years down the road. As a result of her diagnosis, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation, Heather had to have an extremely risky surgery to remove her left lung. This is one of the many reasons she celebrates Healthy Lung Month, and she is approaching her 10 year cancer free anniversary this February after being told that she would not live 15 months past her diagnosis. I urge you to spend some time to read her posts, another one is promised late October.Healthy Lung Month