(Photos used with permission from Heather Von St. James)
Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have a special post to share with you all. Did you know that Mesothelioma Awareness Day is on Saturday, September 26th?
Chances are you probably weren’t aware that this day even existed–I know I wasn’t. So what is mesothelioma and why is it important? Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is harmful fibers that were commonly used in dry wall, mining, and the military in the 20th century.
Basically, mesothelioma is highly preventable by avoiding and not disturbing asbestos. It’s such a shame that anyone should have to get this serious cancer, so we must raise awareness. You can find more information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mesothelioma at mesothelioma.com.
I want to give a big thank you to Heather Von St. James for asking me to support Mesothelioma Awareness Day and her battle and recovery. I am so honored! Everyone, please take a moment to read Heather’s story here. She had to battle this cancer at a very young age, and she had a baby girl to look after!
Heather showed great courage in the face of this terrible cancer. Something I find really admirable is the way she leaned on her faith in God and trusted Him for healing. Although Heather was only given 15 months to live, a decade later she is alive and thriving!
(Heather with her husband Cameron and their daughter Lily)
Now Heather uses her story to inform and inspire others. Please check her page out; it would really mean a lot to her. Be thankful for the health and strength God has given you, and if you or any of your loved ones have been exposed to asbestos, please see a doctor and get educated. It could save your life!
Thanks for reading! And thanks again to Heather for allowing me to be a part of bringing awareness to mesothelioma. I hope you will all wear blue on Saturday in support of education and awareness. Check out the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for more info!
Here are other resources to help educate yourself and loved ones on Mesothelioma and asbestos:
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