Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Post- Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

I am all about AWARENESS.  Especially for Neurofibromatosis....But when someone contacts me, who has stumbled across my blog, asking for help with awareness for something they are dealing with I am happy to help.

I met Heather Von St. James through my blog.  Heather is a cancer survivor.  A true fighter and advocate for Mesothelioma. Please visit her blog -

I have to admit...I don't usually blog about things outside of my world of Neurofibromatosis, but Heather's story inspired me so much, and her fight for awareness was familiar to me. 

Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 36 - and given just 15 months to live.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity, specifically, the lungs.  This type of cancer is caused by Asbestos- (a fibrous building material that is used for insulation)  Research has found that breathing in the minuscule asbestos fibers over long periods causes physical and metabolic changes in the body, leading to certain cancers. 

Eight years after being diagnosed, and undergoing a life saving surgery, that required the removal of her left lung, Heather has beaten the odds, and is now fighting to give Mesothelioma a face.  

Awareness is very important, it gets people talking and helps people understand that while YOU may not be affected by something - You can STILL DO SOMETHING to help someone who IS.

Please go to to read more about Mesothelioma