Thursday, March 01, 2012

Mesothelioma Survivor Blog

Those of you who have me on facebook will know that one of my favourite bloggers, Susan (aka Whymommy) from Toddler Planet passed away recently after a long and courageous battle with Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  I blogged about it here, shortly after her diagnosis.  Susan was, and always will be, an inspiration to me. I was so very, very sad that she lost her battle; but having gotten to know Susan through her blog, I know that she would not have wanted her bloggy followers to be sad or down, she'd have wanted us to get out there, make people more aware and above all, be positive, just like she was, right to the end. 

What better way to be positive than to blog about a woman who has fought a deadly form of cancer and emerged victorious?!  Heather Von St James emailed me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would do a post on my blog about her fight against Mesothelioma. 

Heather Von St James

This is Heather's story in a nutshell:

I myself am a mother to a quirky little 6 year old, Lily. She is my only child, and my whole world. The very beginning of Lily’s life was a little more turbulent than I would have hoped for. When Lily was just 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a type of cancer that kills 90-95% of those who have it.  As I’m sure you can imagine, the first thing that came to mind when I was diagnosed was my baby girl and how I wasn’t going to be able to watch her grow up.

After all that, I’m still here 6  years later and cancer free! I'd like to turn my pain into purpose and become someone that other parents can look to for guidance, inspiration, and hope in situations like my own.

There is SO much more to Heather's story.  Do yourself a favour and read this post!  What an incredibly inspiring woman!

To follow her journey from diagnosis, click on these links:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Heather Von St. James - Mesothelioma Survivor        Blog

If you know of anyone newly diagnosed, or someone who would benefit from reading Heather's story, please direct them to her blog (click on the button above).  The more of us who are educated about this disease, the better equipped we are to fight it!


Lynette said...

Sounds like an amazing woman and an amazing to go and read about it.

Stanley Iola, LLP said...

We want to express our condolences over Susan’s passing and salute your efforts to continue to raise awareness in her honor. We believe that many readers indeed stand to benefit from Heather’s story of recovery and agree it can serve as inspiration for countless victims who may have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma. As you stated, continual efforts to educate the public about this disease can help all of us better fight it.