Did you know that today is the 10th annual Mesothelioma Day! And do you really know much about mesothelioma?
I didn't. Some how in my brain, I thought it was another type of skin cancer to be honest with you, like melanoma. When i first think of mesothelioma, those commercials on the radio stick in my head. "if you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma..."
Let me tell you about this amazing women who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and has kicked that cancer out! This is Heather Von St. James, isn't she gorgeous! and I love her hair! (some day i want to cut mine short)
Cameron, Lily Rose, and Heather Von St. James
In 2005 at the very young age of 36, and only 3 1/2 months after giving birth to her beautiful daughter Lily Rose, Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. As if that was not enough of a shock to her, she was told that she had just 15 months to live, unless that is, she took drastic measures.
Although her husband Cameron was by her side every step of the way, it became an uphill battle for both of them as they embarked on a search to find the best treatment and care available.
They were eventually led to Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston Based Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The doctor recommended a fairly new surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy.
Heather and her sweet daughter Lily Rose
I can't imagine what she went through at just 3.5 months of having her daughter and being told that she only had an expected 15 months to live. All those emotions of just having a baby and then cancer hit. It's amazing to hear how she was even in contact with asbestos, and who would have thought?! Heather was strong willed and full of faith, hope and optimism. There was no way she was going to let this cancer get the best of her! You have complete control over your mind and body, your thoughts are everything! She is obviously very passionate about sharing her story with others about this horrible disease and spreading awareness to all on mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos. It's been eight years since she was first diagnosed and she is living a life full of gratitude!!
I encourage everyone to take a moment to watch her video and share her story. Use social media for good! tweet, share, like, pin, instagram away!
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more information can be found at www.mesothelioma.com
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