I'm sharing with you the story of an amazing woman today! I started this month with a strong conviction that God wanted to use me, my blog, and every ounce of social media influence I had to SHARE the stories of PEOPLE around me. I strongly believe that we are enriched, blessed, and challenged BEST by the ones He surrounds us with in this world. People. His BEST creation.
May is National Cancer Research Month.
I was completely unaware of this, until I came across Heather.
|Lily & Heather Von St. James|
At age 36, and 3 1/2 months after the birth of her first and only child, Lily, Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and given 15 months to live. Miraculously, she beat the odds and is still here 8 years later!
Here are some facts:
Mesothelioma is considered one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers.
Every year, around 3000 people are diagnosed with this deadly cancer.
Most people are given just one year to live upon diagnosis.
There is no known cure for Mesothelioma and the future continues to look grim as attention to the disease as well as research funding continues to decline. The only know cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, which is still NOT banned in the US. Sadily, it doesn't look like asbestos will be banned anytime soon, as there is too much money being made by using this deadly mineral.
After reading up on her story, and watching the video on her website, I was convinced that THIS was a story I could give a voice to. Heather is fighting this horrible disease and has asked me (and you!) to fight with her. By spreading awareness of this disease, maybe, just maybe... a cure can be found.
Will you do me a favor? Well, maybe not a favor. Please have the HONOR to go to Heather's website and get to know her. You can also find her on Facebook HERE.
|Cameron, Lily, & Heather Von St.James|
"With HOPE, the odds don't matter!"