A few weeks ago I started talking with Heather Von St. James – a beautiful wife and mother who is living with Mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. After receiving life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, Heather made it her life’s mission to educate people about this deadly disease and it’s cause. Asbestos has been used for many applications in the past including building materials in homes, office buildings, and naval ships. It is STILL not banned in the United States today.
1. Could you give a brief introduction for our readers about you, your family, any interests you have?
2. Can you describe your journey with mesothelioma?
4. Were there any particular words or experiences that helped get you through the stress that you would like to share with our readers?
5. What do you believe was the key to your success?
6. Are there any positives that you’ve taken from having cancer?
So very many.. My life changed in so many ways, and for the better. The people I’ve met on the journey are amazing, the friendships are on a much more honest level. I don’t have time or energy for games, or people and situations that don’t edify me or my life. I have been able to live a much more real and honest life since the diagnosis. It taught me that life is precious, that our time is limited, and to live the best life we are given. So my house isn’t as clean as it “should” be, or the dishes are left in the sink an extra day.. I prefer to use my time doing things that make memories with my family.. the small stuff just doesn’t matter much anymore in the big picture. Life is what you make of it, and attitude has a lot to do with that.
You can find Heather’s awareness page here: http://www.mesothelioma.