Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 1450 - Mesothelioma

This Thursday is Mesothelioma Awareness Day 
(September 26)

Heather Von St James - survivor and advocate for mesothelioma awareness
Every year 3000 people across the USA are diagnosed with Mesothelioma which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. In Australia we've had over 13,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed since 1980. On average these people are given about 10 months to live.  That's only 300 days.  Heather Von St. James is a wife, mother and mesothelioma survivor and she wants to share her story.



When her daughter was only 3.5 months old Heather was diagnosed with this rare and deadly cancer and given only 15 months to live. Despite this diagnosis she knew she had to survive for the sake of her newborn child.  She and her husband Cameron embarked on a search to find the best treatment possible which led them to Dr David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon in Boston. It's now been seven years and she spends her time inspiring others to fight this disease and to bring a sense of hope for others facing life's difficult challenges.  This week she is putting in great effort to spread awareness of the disease with a goal to achieving 7,200 media shares.  That's where I come in ... and you too for that matter.

Did you know that asbestos was once used in more than 3000 consumer products including household items such as toasters and hairdryers?

Did you know that asbestos fibres are invisible to the naked eye?

Did you know that asbestos is still not banned in the USA with around 30 million pounds still be used each year?

In Australia it is estimated that over 60% of all production and 90% of all consumption of asbestos fibre occurred in the asbestos cement manufacturing industry. These materials were cheap durable and used extensively in the building industry. Asbestos has not been used in Australia in domestic building since the 1980s but it was not until December 2003 that asbestos and all products containing asbestos were banned throughout Australia.  Luckily for us it is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use these materials. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (eg asbestos in houses). **

Heather is hoping you and I can help spread the word to give hope and awareness for others going through the mesothelioma journey.  All we need to do is click on the link www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness and choose to share Heather's story via twitter, facebook or pinterest.  It's that easy.  By clicking on this link you'll also get to hear her story first hand and you'll find links to her blog which contains some amazing messages of hope, healing, passion and purpose.

Heather is beautiful, inspiring, passionate and driven.  I would like to personally thank Heather for inviting me to share her story.


** This information has been obtained from www.asbestoswise.com.au. If you would like to find out if you may have asbestos in your home, check this website or phone (03) 96549555 for more information. 

9 comments :

  1. Those statistics are terrifying Leanne!
    The scariest thing is how acceptable the use of asbestos was in our past.
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. x

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  2. Wow I never realised it was that violent. 20 months is not a long time :(
    Thanks for sharing Leeane xx

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  3. My Dad was a builder and had an incredible amount of exposure. He suffers to this day with complications. I am therefore grateful for the exposure you are giving to this :)
    Good luck to Heather too.

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  4. I shared, too important not to share. It is heartbreaking to know so many people are affected by this. Great post, thank you for the awareness x

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  5. opps forgot to say hello from #teamIBOT !

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  6. It's a very scary thing - I've interviewed many older builders in Sydney who are now facing life sentences because of it - a fantastic cause to support Leanne :) Emily @ Have A Laugh

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  7. Wow that is frightening indeed.
    Thank you for raising awareness and sharing this woman's incredible journey x

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  8. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Leanne. Asbestos exposure is such a scary thing. Despite it being banned decades ago - still so many sufferers.
    Heather is indeed an inspirational and strong woman!

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  9. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Leanne. Asbestos exposure is such a scary thing. Despite it being banned decades ago - still so many sufferers.
    Heather is indeed an inspirational and strong woman!

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