LEARN ABOUT MESOTHELIOMA!
Every one of our lives is touched by cancer – I personally have had a serious malignant melanoma, my daughter is a breast cancer survivor, my mother died of pancreatic cancer and my grandfather died from prostate cancer. Most of us are rather familiar with the more common types of cancer, but one form of cancer that perhaps you might not be familiar with is Mesothelioma – a cancer caused by among other things, exposure to asbestos.
I recently met Cameron Von St. James, whose wife, Heather, is a survivor of this horrible disease.
Have you ever heard of Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer, with no known cure, that affects the lining of the lungs and the abdomen. The most common cause for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. In most cases, people are misdiagnosed due to symptoms that are similar to other diseases but signs of mesothelioma start appearing around 20-50 years after exposure to asbestos. In 2005, Heather Von St. James was a victim of this horrible disease. Heather had been exposed to asbestos as a young girl from her father’s work clothes when he would come home covered in white dust. It wasn’t until 3 months after having her only child Lily that she started to notice symptoms. She would chalk these symptoms up to being a new mom but she knew something wasn’t right. Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in November 2006 and had a life saving surgery in February 2006 where she had her left lung removed. Every year around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Heather feels it’s her duty as a cancer survivor to use her voice to spread awareness and mostly importantly hope to others who are facing a similar battle. So, how can you help? Do yourself a favor and take a moment for mesothelioma by visiting the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance where you will learn more about the disease and how you can help.
If you are interested in learning more about the work of Cameron Von St. James, please visit Cameron Von St. James blog site.