This is Heather Von St. James.
She was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 36 – just 3 ½ months after her first and only child, Lily, was born. She was given just 15 months to live unless she underwent a drastic surgery to remove her left lung. Miraculously, she beat the odds and is still here eight years later.
Alarmingly, Asbestos is not banned in the US – yet it’s the only known cause of mesothelioma (a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos).
Heather was exposed to asbestos through her father’s work jacket when she was just a little girl; her diagnosis came about 30 years later.
Once diagnosed, most patients die within 2 years.
Heather is one of few survivors who openly share their story and work to spread awareness regarding the dangers of asbestos.
In honour of upcoming Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1-7), Heather has created a webpage dedicated to raising awareness.
I think this is such an important issue and am absolutely gob-smacked to learn that asbestos is still used in America.
I would love it if you would be willing to take a look at Heather’s page mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness and share it on social media in order to help educate and raise awareness about this preventable disease!
I wish you all the best with your campaign Heather. You are such a brave lady with a wonderful attitude towards life.