Comments for a Cause – Mesothelioma Research

It’s that time of the month again when I close out my Comments for a Cause for last month and declare my charity for this month.

Last month I did see a significant increase in comments, leading to me making a healthy donation to St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Cincinnati. It’s the orphanage where I was raised and I’m thrilled, throughout my life, to look for ways to give back to them.

This month, I hope to receive more, and more, and more comments to help me make a difference in the world. Remember – comments are free for you, and donating is fulfilling for me! Invite your family and friends to come, read, comment, joke, nudge, and simply smile in a comment in order for it to count.

heather-bio-photogrunge_tattoo_butterfly_6_1_mesothelioma_sticker-p217721819615573652en7l1_216FEBRUARY’S CAUSE: Mesothelioma Researach

In January I received a touching email from one of my dear readers, Heather Von St. James. She shared with me her story and a link to her blog. Heather is a self proclaimed “poster child for hope after mesothelioma” for those suffering from asbestos disease. Here’s the link to her blog:

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You know, I never heard of mesothelioma except for an occasional legal commercial. I didn’t personally know anyone who was a sufferer, and like so many of us, the awareness went right past me. I regret that it happens when we are unaware. Now that I know one of my dear readers is affected, I won’t ignore it any more. Why don’t you take a moment to learn more as well by visiting Heather’s blog (above).

Here’s a bit of Heather’s story, in her own words:

“I am 44 and a mother to a quirky little 7 year old, Lily. She is my only child and I couldn’t imagine my world without her. When Lily was just 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which kills 90-95% of those who have it. After intense treatment and a long recovery, almost 7 years later I’m still here and cancer free! My journey through cancer was quite a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my struggles and obstacles into inspiration and hope for others. One of many things that came out of my battle with cancer is a holiday I created called Lungleavin Day. This is the anniversary of my surgery (Feb 2nd) in which my entire left lung was removed. Lungleavin Day is a celebration of life and facing your fears. Each year we celebrate with nearly 100 loved ones. The idea of this day is for everyone to fill a blank plate with their fears and smash it into a bonfire at my Lungleavin day party, symbolizing people throwing their fears to the fire. I also use Lungleavin day as a fundraiser for mesothelioma research.”

Thank you Heather for the courage to share your story! Thank you for turning your fears and suffering into hope for others! You inspired me. You touched my heart. And I wish to shine the light on your cause in return. I say, Happy Lungleavin Day to you as you celebrate tomorrow! I will celebrate in your honor as well!

Be healthy, be aware, be gracious, be hopeful … and be blessed!!!!!

25 thoughts on “Comments for a Cause – Mesothelioma Research

  1. Pingback: A Courageous Woman’s Journey – Mesothelioma Awareness | Kruti Mehta

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking out my “Comments for a Cause” efforts and especially for sharing your story. Now that Heather has made me aware, I am spreading the word and praying for all those affected! Be blessed!

  2. What a wonderful idea!
    Here’s to all our Meso Warriors across the world Heather, Janelle, Debbie, Jan, Mavis…..
    To many others to mention…
    And also to our Meso Angels, my Dad Dave Salisbury being one of them.
    Thinking of you all!

  3. My husband Mike was diagnosed with meso at the age of 29 in 2011….its now almost a year and he has been cancer free thanks to amazing and skilled surgeons at Brigham Hospital in Boston since May 31st. GOD BLESS ALL CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS !!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking out my “Comments for a Cause” efforts and especially for sharing your story. Now that Heather has made me aware, I am spreading the word and praying for all those affected! Be blessed!

  4. Well what an awesome thing you’re doing. I sure wish I could get more people aware of Mesothelioma. In May, May 8th 2009 to be exact….was the worst day of my life thus far. That’s the day we found out my sweet wonderful husband did not have pneumonia as he was being treated for…. No he had a collapsed left lung due to 2.2 liters of fluid in his chest cavity. I was there in the room when they drained the fluid and watched in horror as he gasped for breath, coughed and looked like he was going to pass out any minute, until his lung re-inflated. Then came staging….several hours later the doctor told me, your husband has stage 4 Mesothelioma, and will live no longer then 2 years. My world shattered….I have very little memory of that day, other them pain more severe then any pain in the world. After the shock wore off we did our research. We drove to San Francisco to talk with one of the top Mesothelioma Specialist in the world, Dr Jablon. He gave us hope….he steered us toward a trial of MORAb009, for healthy Mesothelioma patients. We were accepted into the trial @ UCSD Moores Cancer Center, San Diego, CA.. Today, almost 3 years after he was diagnosed, he is not only the healthiest stage 4 Meso patient this cancer center has ever seen, he’s also the last patient un the entire world on this particular trial. He’s my rock and every single day we have is a gift. Sorry didn’t mean to write a novel, but don’t you just love happy endings.

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking out my “Comments for a Cause” efforts. More importantly – thank you for sharing your story. Heather has made me aware of the cause and I am praying for all that are affected. Be blessed!

  5. Heather is an inspiration to many whose lives are touched by Mesothelioma. Encouraging and supportive. She is a real gift to the Meso community.

  6. Thanks for sharing Heathers story and spreading the word about Mesothelioma. I am also a mesothelioma survivor with one lung. I met Heather 3 years ago at a Mesothelioma symposium. She is a strong woman and a great speaker for our cause! I love her Lung Leaving event, great cause with a great message! Love ya Heather!

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. I really appreciate your support and encouragement as well! Heather is truly and inspiration and I’m delighted to be able to do more and more to help with my Comments for a Cause. Spread the word so more folks stop by and comment. Thanks and be blessed!

  7. Glad you were able to make a good donation to the orphanage and hopefully the comments will keep on coming in. So glad Heather is cancer free now. I’m surprised she can live with just one lung!

    • Thanks for your support. I’m delighted to be able to do more and more. Keep coming back and commenting and share with your family, friends, and readers please. Heather is indeed an inspiration. I had no idea!!! Thanks and be blessed!

  8. Good for you! So glad you have taken on the Comments for a Cause and that you are making a difference this way!!! Good for you!!!! And another great cause and a face that goes with it!!! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Thanks Beth Ann! I was so touched and moved by hearing from Heather about this. I am honored to learn more and do more. You are a wonderful inspiration for me and my Comments for a Cause practice. Thank you! Be blessed!

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