Friday, November 1, 2013

Mesothelioma, there's a word you don't hear a lot! I think I've only heard it in occasional commercials on the television regarding lawsuits. Then a couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from a woman named Heather Von St. James who is a mesothelioma survivor and watched her video. 

In this video, she talks about her exposure to asbestos as a child and her eventual cancer diagnosis. I was amazed to find out from Heather that asbestos is not banned, and in further reading that in some industrial or automobile materials it is still used legally!

I think the thing that struck me most while watching her video is that she received her diagnosis when her daughter was only 3-1/2 months old. Wow, struggling to be a new mom and a cancer survivor. I also appreciate the fact that she mentions that they are honest with their daughter, Lilly, about her Mom's diagnosis; and as a family, they chose to be positive about their future. That may be the thing that has kept Heather a survivor for 15 years.

For further information on mesothelioma, check out this link

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