Mesothelioma Awareness Day: September 26

I was contacted by Heather Von St. James, who told me she was a mesothelioma survivor and that she was trying to raise awareness of this little known cancer, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

It’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day in just a few days (Thursday, September 26).

Heather Von St. James, mesothelioma survivor

Heather Von St. James, mesothelioma survivor

She wrote in an email: “My name is Heather and I am a wife, mother, and a mesothelioma survivor. When my daughter was 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with this rare and deadly cancer, and given 15 months to live. Despite my grim prognosis, I knew that I needed to beat the odds for my newborn daughter, Lily. It’s been 7 years now and I feel that it’s my duty to pay it forward by inspiring others.”

I was impressed by the video she made (and it is captioned too, way to go!!). Do check out her description of mesothelioma and feel free to share with your social networks.

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