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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heather's Story - Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Today, September 26th, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. We all see the commercials from law firms telling us, "If you developed Mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos, you may be entitled to a settlement." But do we really think about it beyond that? Does a commercial like that ever make you stop and think about those victims? Does it make you think about your own home and work environment? I kind of doubt it...we see commercials like that for just about everything these days. But when I was contacted by Heather Von St. James asking me to help her promote her story for Mesothelioma Awareness Day, it was something I couldn't get out of my mind.

 We have an older home, and we know the walls don't contain asbestos, nor does the insulation. The floors that had asbestos tile have since been covered, either by ceramic tile or a barrier and hardwood floors. (See? This stuff is everywhere!) But, there is one small attic space we don't access that is questionable. And especially with our new little E in the house, Heather and her story reminded me to have that checked out, and hopefully this will remind you, too! Unforunately, it isn't only found in old homes...Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year! Uhg.

Heather is a Mesothelioma SURVIVOR who is working to spread awareness, as well as share her hope and optimism to inspire those who have been diagnosed. She is a mother who fought hard to make sure her daughter, Lily, didn't have to grow up without her. She was diagnosed just 3 months after her little girl was born and given 15 months to live. That's 7,200 hours. Now, Heather has set a goal for her story to get 7,200 social shares. Please take a moment to donate your status for Heather and Mesothelioma Awareness Day!

For more information and to read Heather's story, please visit and don't forget to share!

You can view and share her video:

Send a Tweet by clicking HERE -and/or- Share in your Facebook status HERE

You can also follow Heather on:
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Thank you, Heather, for sharing your inspiring story with all of us <3 

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