Here at Kelly McGuill Home we rarely ever post anything other than interior design stories; today however, we are sharing the story of a lovely woman named Heather Von St. James.
Ten years ago, Heather was given just 15 months to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Today, she approaches her 10th anniversary of being a cancer survivor. Heather came to us to share her journey with mesothelioma, as well as make people more aware of mesothelioma and of cancer survivors.
She informed us that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States and 2 million of them have survived more than 20 years. She also introduced us to National Cancer Survivor's Day. NCSD is a cause that celebrates those who have survived and acts as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed and a place of support for families affected.
Six years ago my younger sister Renee was diagnosed with Stage 3A melanoma. To say that it affected our family is an understatement. My sister is alive and well, but a day doesn't go by where we don't wonder if her cancer will come back. Awareness is key in so many ways.
If you have any questions for Heather or would like to share your own story with her, feel free to contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her on Facebook and Twitter at:
Here are some links to further your knowledge and understanding of mesothelioma: