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When life throws you Lemons.... Mesothelioma Cancer

I thrive from stories of people who rise above hard situations. I had to learn at an early age that life is not a fairy tale, and obstacles get thrown your way. How you deal with your experiences though, sets you apart from the rest.

This week I came across an amazing soul. Please read Heather's story, from her proud husband's eyes below:

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Three months after she gave birth to our daughter Lily, she was told she only had 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she is thriving more than ever.

Since Heather is one of a few survivors, our family has made it our lives mission to spread awareness of mesothelioma: a preventable disease that takes so many innocent lives.


Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.
Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. The primary cause and risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.

Making a correct mesothelioma diagnosis is particularly difficult for doctors because the disease often presents with symptoms that mimic other common ailments. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy have helped to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.

Although this cancer is much more common in men over the age of 60 (largely attributed to the industrial exposures within male-dominated industries), mesothelioma in women and children has been described as well. Mesothelioma causes for diagnosis in women and children are mainly attributed to secondary exposure to asbestos, as it was not uncommon for men to bring asbestos back into the home on their body or clothing if proper cleaning facilities were not available on site.

Heather and her amazing angel

A family that goes through hard times together, stays together

SEPTEMBER 26th Marks the 10th Annual Mesothelioma Awareness day. Lets remember all those lives lost to this painful disease and make it your duty to tell just one person, just one, about this Mesothelioma.