Category Archives: Awareness

Lung Leavin’ Day

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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.

National Cancer Survivors Day 2013

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Happy National Cancer Survivors Day fellow and future survivors!

Always remember cancer is not a road block to life. You can achieve your dreams and it’s never too early to start!

The real glory is being knocked to your knees & then coming back. That’s real glory.”
-Vince Lombardi

World Ovarian Cancer Day

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This year marks the first ever World Ovarian Cancer Day. I am so happy to have a step in the right direction for raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. My dream is to have just as much awareness as breast cancer does. This will be a big feat but I do believe it will happen someday.

What is World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) all about?

Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all gynecologic cancers, and is characterized around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis. May 8th, 2013, is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day, Ovarian Cancer organizations from around the world will unite to educate their communities about Ovarian Cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day will build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease. To read more: http://ovariancancerday.org/about-wocd/.

I am very happy to be a part of this community and am looking forward to making a positive impact on awareness and fundraising in hopes that there will be many more survivors out there.

Ovarian cancer symptoms are quite often confused with gastrointestinal issues and therefore go undiagnosed. Here is a list of symptoms to watch for:

If a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms on most days within a three week period, they should discuss their concerns with their doctor:

  • Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently

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