Friday, September 12, 2014

Raising Awareness for Mesothelioma

                 I was approached by the Von St. James family to help them raise awareness regarding Mesothelioma. I was so honored to be asked and once I read the story of this family and their plight to make other's aware I knew that sharing a post was the least I could do.

Some facts about Mesothelioma:

Did you know that nearly all cases of Mesothelioma are due to exposure from Asbestos and that Asbestos is still allowed for use in the US? 
Asbestos used to be a popular material to insulate homes and buildings but is no longer used for this purpose. Even when no longer used for this purpose it can still be found in many buildings including homes, schools and office buildings.
No exposure to Asbestos is safe. Even secondary exposure can be harmful.
Once exposed to Asbestos, it could take anywhere from 10 to 45 years to cause health issues.

Diagnosing this disease has many invasive steps and the prognosis is usually around 10 months...This is a devastating disease and prognosis for patients. 

Here is a helpful link that I have used to educate myself on Mesothelioma.  These are the facts of Mesothelioma and behind the facts are the faces and the families.

Please Educate yourself and use your voice to share with others, this may be a rare cancer but the knowledge doesn't have to be the same way. I am proud to lend my voice to this cause and to Heather. 

Heather has an amazing story and when she was diagnosed she started looking for the best possible treatment. Heather is not just a patient with Pleural Mesothelioma. Heather is a wife and a mother and a Survivor. 

I am lending my voice to this cause and my prayers for her family and all the families that will be helped by all the work of the Von St. James Family

                  September 26th is Mesothelioma                      Awareness Day!

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