What Would You Do With 300 Days? Mesothelioma Awareness 2014

We interrupt our regularly scheduled silly girl Halloween general goofiness to talk about something seriously serious.

Saturday, September 26, 2014 is the 10th annual Mesothelioma awareness day. I’d like to take this time to present you with some facts about Mesothelioma:

  • Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the mesothelium, the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.
  • Diagnosis is often difficult because the symptoms often mimic other ailments.
  • There is no cure, though surgery and chemotherapy can help improve the prognosis.
  • It is rare, only 2500 – 3000 newly diagnosed each year.
  • Asbestos* is the only known cause.
  • Mesothelioma can remain dormant for 20-50 years after asbestos exposure.
  • On the average, patients are given 10 months (300 days) to live.

*Asbestos is a microscopic and naturally occurring mineral that lodges in the pleural lining of the lungs and the peritoneal lining of the abdominal cavity
Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/#ixzz3E2kx4G73

**While most products produced today do not contain asbestos, any new products containing asbestos must now be labeled as such. Up until the 1970s, many products from building supplies, paints, even automotive parts such as brake pads, clutch linings, and gaskets contained asbestos. For this reason, it is often recommended that if you have asbestos material in your home, make sure that the materials are in tact, the problems arise when the asbestos is damaged, allowing you to breath in the fibers. In the event of a remodel, it is advised to have professionals check for asbestos and safely remove it before allowing anyone in the area.

**For more information on asbestos and the complete safety guide contact CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-CPSC or by email at info@cpsc.gov . http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Home/Asbestos-In-The-Home/ 

While Mesothelioma is more commonly diagnosed in men over the age of 60, it has also been diagnosed in women and children, mainly from secondary exposure through asbestos fibers brought home on the clothing of workers/men that did not have proper cleaning facilities at the workplace.

I would like to introduce you to a beautiful family touched by mesothelioma, Heather, Lily Rose, and Cameron Von St. James.

Cameron, Lily Rose, and Heather Von St. James

Cameron, Lily Rose, and Heather Von St. James

Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma just 3 ½ months after giving birth to their beautiful baby girl. She was given just 15 months to live. With hope, a desire to live, and Dr. David Sugarbaker, Heather has turned that 15 months into 8 years and counting. It is the Von St. James’ mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma.

I encourage each and every one of you to please read more about Heather’s story, her fight and how you can also help to spread the awareness at http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/#.VCAPf_ldXh4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “What Would You Do With 300 Days? Mesothelioma Awareness 2014

    • So many have helped raise diabetes awareness. I thank the Von St. James for making me aware and giving me the opportunity to help raise awareness. Heather’s story is amazing.

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