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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is Approaching
I want to talk to you about a disease I know nothing about as this coming Saturday is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Sounds strange to say I want to talk about something I know nothing about. Well I hope by sharing the information I have and the links to learn more, we all can become better informed together. And, if you are aware of this disease, you can share your knowledge with us.
I was made aware of this upcoming celebration by blogger Heather Von St. James, a soon-to-be 10 year survivor of mesothelioma. Heather (shown in the banner above) explained that mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma Awareness Day (MAD) is a day that's very near and dear to her heart because each year that she gets to celebrate is another year that she has beat the odds.:)
Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and
aggressive form of cancer, when she was just 36 years old. Her
daughter, Lily, was born just 3 short months before but there was
no time to wait. She immediately sought the best treatments possible, which
included the removal of her left lung by Dr. David Sugarbaker at
the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Heather's procedure,
though risky, was completed without incident and she began her
Heather, like so many women with this terrible disease, was exposed by second-hand exposure to asbestos. When she
was just a little girl, and her father would come home from work,
Heather would put on his jacket that was covered in white dust.
Little did she know that those fibers were already beginning to
change her life forever.
Mesothelioma is a disease with a latency period up to about
50 years. This means that those who have been diagnosed are often
already in the late stages of the cancer, and have had the disease
for many years. The three types of mesothelioma are pleural
mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma (being the most common),
peritoneal, and pericardial.
About 3,000 people in the United States recieve a
mesotheliona diagnosis each year. There are 60 countries around
the world where the use of asbestos is banned, but the US and
Canada continue to use the deadly product. Asbestos itself, in
it's standing state, is not dangerous. However, once it becomes
disturbed, or compromised, it takes on its' deadly attributes.
Please help spread the word about Mesothelioma Awareness Day!
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