April 22, 2012

A Mother's Story

mes·o·the·li·o·ma (me-zə-ˌthē-lē-ˈō-mə) noun, plural mesotheliomas, a usually malignant tumor derived from mesothelial tissue (as that lining the peritoneum or pleura).

You're picturing a 70 year old asbestos factory worker or miner aren't you? That is my original thought when someone mentions mesothelioma. Not so.

In August of 2005, at the age of 36, Heather Von St. James found out that she had mesothelioma, a form of asbestos cancer, rarely seen in someone so young. She had given birth to a beautiful baby girl just 3 months prior. She most likely was exposed to asbestos as a child through contact with her father's "dusty" work clothes from his construction job. To read more about her story go HERE.

A short time ago, Heather contacted me asking for my help in getting the word out about this issue. Please consider putting her blog button on your sidebar, so she can spread awareness about this form of cancer.


Heather Von St. James - Mesothelioma Survivor Blog



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5 comments:

  1. It's a terrible disease, my husband's Uncle Michael died from it. Heather is brave and should be applauded for her work.

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  2. I read her story a few months ago and can hardly believe what she went through so soon after delivering her baby. I work in health care and before reading her story, I truly thought there was no hope for those diagnosed with this terrible disease. It is an amazing story that needs to be told.

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  3. Finally, I beat you to something. I've had that button up there for about a month now. I hope it helps someone, somewhere.
    m.

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  4. That is just an unbelievable story, isn't it? I will be updating my blog soon and adding some buttons and removing some. xo Diana

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  5. So sad to hear this story about mesothelioma cancer. Makes me wonder about my own exposure to asbestos. Thanks for telling us about this.

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