It’s one word that conjures a myriad of emotions within me.
Grief and sadness for the dearly loved ones who I’ve said an incredibly early “Goodbye” to,
fresh tears for those I miss deeply,
and tears of gratefulness for the ones who
have survived and conquered Cancer.
I will never claim to understand death, suffering and pain.
I will instead joyously celebrate the stories of survival.
Please know that in some small way, I hope to honor the memories and the lives of those dear ones who are missed,
even as I proclaim the stories of Survivors.
Heather Von St. James
Heather was a new mother when she received the news that she had Mesothelioma, a Cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure.
I cannot fathom what life was like in those moments when life tilted unpredictably for Heather and her husband Cameron, as well as their newborn daughter.
Cameron recently contacted me to request that I share Heather’s story today, on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Before agreeing, I did some research into Heather’s story and the cancer that she has overcome.
I am amazed at the brilliant skill shown by her surgeon, Dr. David Sugarbaker, as well as the persistent faith and courage that Heather, Cameron and even their young daughter continue to demonstrate.
The link to their story is here.
Thank you for taking time to read and to share so we can spread awareness as we honor those we miss as well as those who live on!