I always like to share inspiring stories of survivors and stories of positivity and hope. This story fits all the above. A wonderful husband of an amazing fighter reached out to me and shared his wife’s story and I would like to share it with you. Their blog is an awesome concept. If you have time please check out their site: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/. Given 15 months to live, she is still fighting on 8 years later!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! KEEP ON ROCKIN’!!!
Here’s a bit about Heather:
Eight years ago, after her only child was born, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused only by asbestos exposure. Her chronic illness taught her and her family the importance of acknowledging and overcoming their fears, something that prevent us all from living life to the fullest. This February 2nd marks the 8th anniversary of Heather’s life saving surgery, which involved a risky procedure requiring the removal of her left lung. It is a very special day to Heather and her family and is considered one of the memorable days of her husband Cameron’s life! They’ve coined this day as LungLeavin’ Day.
The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage and empower others battling their own illnesses and life challenges to face their fears! On this day we celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life! Each year, friends and family gather at our house around a bonfire where we write our fears on a plate and smash them into the fire to represent conquering our fears.
This year, we are asking bloggers to take part in LungLeavin’ Day! We’ve created an interactive page that tells the full story of this special day, which can be found here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/
Here is a recent interview Heather did about Lung Leavin’ Day: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/staff/lungleavin-day-2014-our-interview-with-heather-von-st-james.htm.