I was recently asked to write a blog post about Mesothelioma to raise awareness about this cancer. First of all let me say that I am honored that I was asked to do this but I had no idea what this cancer was. The only experience I had ever had with cancer was with one of my best friends Gabe, who had Hodgkins Lymphoma. But even with that experience I met Gabe after his cancer treatments so I only heard stories about his battle. I am so glad that I was asked to do this because I had the opportunity of educating myself on this disease. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called mesothelium. Between 2500-3000 people get diagnosed with this cancer each year and most patients diagnosed are given on average only 10 months to live! What shocks me most about Mesothelioma is that this cancer could be 100% Preventable!!! The only known cause for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos which is a natural mineral classified as human carcinogen. 30 million pounds of asbestos is still used today in the U.S. You can find asbestos in homes, schools and many commercial and industrial buildings. If corporations would stop knowingly putting asbestos in their products or made diligent efforts to remove asbestos in their working sites, there would be significantly less who would have mesothelioma. Everyone should care about mesothelioma because anyone could be at risk to get it. If people would gather together to protest against companies who use asbestos or demanded laws changed, maybe we could ban asbestos in the United States once and for all!! Even in the midst of the statistics and facts their is still hope for those who have mesothelioma.
Heather Von St. James is a devoted wife and mother who lived a seemingly normal happy life when she was diagnosed with asbestos. While Heather was growing up, her dad worked in construction and was exposed to asbestos daily. That was how she was exposed to asbestos which led to her having mesothelioma. She was only given 15 months to live but despite those odds she survived. Heather received a life saving surgery that removed her left lung and now she has a been cancer free for 8 years!!! Her story is powerful testimony of what can happen if you hold on to hope. September 26th is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. On that day please raise awareness about this!! Take a stand against corporations that use asbestos!! Raise money to find a cure to mesothelioma. Do something to be apart of the fight against mesothelioma!!! If you want to know more about mesothelioma check out Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. For more about Heather’s story check out her video. Also check out her awareness page www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness