September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. I recently received an email request to help Heather share her survivor story. As a fellow mom, my heart was instantly touched when I read her struggles. Heather was only 36, and was the mother of a three-month-old beautiful daughter Lily Rose, when she was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Despite grim odds, Heather triumphed over her diagnosis and today she is a seven-year mesothelioma cancer survivor. She has made it her mission to help other mesothelioma victims around the globe.
Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. On average, they are given only 10 months to live.
10 months is 300 days – or simply 7,200 hours. Heather’s goal is to generate 7,200 social media shares to raise Mesothelioma Awareness. Why is it important to raise awareness?
- Asbestos has not been banned in the United States. 30 million pounds are still used each year.
- Asbestos exposure is still the NUMBER ONE cause of occupational cancer in the US.
- Asbestos fibers can’t be seen by the naked eye and absolutely NO amount of of exposure to asbestos is safe.
- Asbestos can still be found in many of our homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
What can you do? Visit mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness and learn how you can use your voice to help build hope and awareness. Click the social media buttons and share Heather’s story on Facebook, Twitter, and more. Heather survived Mesothelioma, but so many others will not.
We can’t find a cure if we don’t talk about the problem.
Let’s start talking.