asbestos; the good, the bad and the ugly

A few days ago I received a mail from my contact page from Heather Von St. James.

What a remarkable woman. She is based in the USA, and 8 years ago, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She had given birth to her daughter Lily just 3 months prior to her diagnosis, and was given only 15 months to live.

Heather lives by the motto; with hope, the odds don’t matter. I knew that asbestos was bad, hell I even knew that it had killed some people. But I didn’t realise it was THIS bad. Heather has created an awareness page, and you can reach it by clicking here. It is shocking that the USA has not yet banned all use of asbestos. Here in South Africa, it was banned in 2008, and you can read a write-up about why here.

It is a miracle that Heather survived; that and the fact that medical science is pretty darn amazing.

The good – Heather survived and has made it her life’s mission to educate people about this deadly disease and its cause
The bad – the fact that asbestos is still legally in use in the USA and around the world
The ugly – pretty much the same as the bad

I feel privileged that Heather contacted me for my assistance in raising awareness for this awful disease and it’s causes. I feel that so often we focus on the more ‘common’ cancers; breast cancer, lung cancer etc and don’t actually realise that there are so many other forms of cancer out there. Just look at this graphic regarding the various forms of cancer that are out there:

There's more to cancer than a pink ribbon

There’s more to cancer than a pink ribbon

I sincerely hope that you do click over to Heather’s awareness site, and that if you have asbestos in your homes or workplaces that you’re able to do something about it. ANY exposure to asbestos is detrimental to your health.

You can connect with Heather either via the link above, or via her Facebook page, link here.

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