Every parent of a preteen or teen should take a closer look at the new series 13 Reasons Why—and explore the Butterfly Effect of how our interactions with others can lead to tragic or life-giving consequences.
Purposefully Speaking Loud & Clear on the Lost Voice of Mesothelioma
Because … Hope will never be silent
It’s time now to roll up the pink carpets of breast cancer awareness month … and set our sights on WHITE. November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month, bringing critical attention to the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.
I was blessed and honored recently to be contacted by Cameron Von St. James—a hero in his own right … who humbly and passionately takes on the roles of Husband, Father and passionate mesothelioma advocate for his beautiful wife, Heather, as well as countless other victims of this deadly disease. Cameron invited me to join him on his mission to share their divine family story of hope in the face of this so often overlooked cancer.
The truth is for many people—white ribbons this month represent the very real reminder and sting of experiencing lung cancer either firsthand or through watching a loved one on the front lines battle or even lose his or her life to lung cancer.
Strictly speaking, the “color” white is not really a color at all, but rather a manifestation of the presence of ALL color—the complete power of light. My earnest hope is that the powerful light of education will shine bright on the face of lung cancer not only for the month of November … but all year.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma lies hidden under the lung cancer “umbrella,” often a lost form of cancer—though deadly. The cancer cells of mesothelioma can involve the lining of ANY organ, but the typical site tends to be the lining of the lungs. Tragically, mesothelioma is among one of many cancers that is still considered incurable. It’s associated with exposure to asbestos—a deadly carcinogen that is sadly, still found in many structures built before its ban by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1989. Even small amounts of asbestos and/or infrequent exposure can create a risk for contracting mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Heather Von St. James was just 36 years old when she was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma—just three short months after giving birth to a beautiful daughter, Lily Rose in 2005. Heather and Cam sought treatment at Brigham & Women’s Hospital to undergo a groundbreaking surgical procedure with the goal of delivering the best possible outcome.
Today, Heather is an eight-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and a keynote speaker at conferences all over, in addition to social media platforms … where she thrives on providing continuous support and inspiration to mesothelioma victims around the globe. Her story is one of hope, faith … and love.
I invite you to meet Heather Von St. James—a beacon of light to so many afflicted with mesothelioma. Please join her mission by sharing her story with others. Pouring hope and light through shared education and support is strong advocacy in its most indispensable form.