Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heather Von St. James: Surviving Mesothelioma

Every single day, I receive at least 5-10 emails asking me if I would post their story, or if I would post a link to whatever it is they were selling or trying to promote. Sometimes, it's even just spreading the word about something. Most of it is unrelated to my blog and more geared toward monetary purposes. I'm not interested. Then, a gentleman named, Cameron Von St. James emailed me. I thought to myself, "Oh no, not another one." I read further though…

Part of his email reads,
"Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. She had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born. This will be the 8th year that we celebrate! The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life!"

His beautiful wife, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease to which most people don't live beyond 15 months. While telling her story, she remembers when she was a young girl, her father used to be in construction, tearing down structures and coming home with dust on his clothes. When Heather went outside, she would grab his coat not thinking about any dangers associated with his line of work. The dust was asbestos. They have a very informative website here and you can see Heather talk about her story below. If the link is not working, please click here.  Don't forget to visit their website called, "LungLeavin' Day." To find out more about mesothelioma, please visit this website for additional information.  God bless Heather & her family for sticking through this aggressive cancer and surviving!



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