Who would think this vibrant looking woman has a life-threatening disease … her story is well worth a read and will give us all a greater understanding into Asbestos Induced Diseases.
Mesothelioma is rare … but there have been a few notable patients (c/o Wiki) … Steve McQueen, the well-known actor, was diagnosed after perhaps being exposed in the US Marines, or from the insulating material in the racing suits the drivers wore.
As Heather explains so poignantly, hers came about because she loved her father and wrapped herself up in his jacket when she was a youngster and he was home. It manifested itself over 25 years …
|Asbestos Mountains as drawn by William Burchell|
I hope that you will read more of her journey at Mason’s post (and all the other participants) and particularly Heather’s own.
Blogging as we all know opens our eyes to so many things – we learn so much – and this is another facet … an appreciation of others’ illnesses and the conditions they have to cope with.
We can get inspiration and admiration from their stories and raise awareness that each and everyone of us can be kind, considerate and thoughtful to others: we don’t know what’s going on – there could be a ‘Heather Journey’.
I gasp and cry as I read of people with major illness and of their families who remain positive, and intend to live their life to fulfilment – completely and utterly …
… this has to help with the future memories – of how they and their families never let the disease stop them – and how their get and go attitude gives impetus to Awareness days and sends out threads of knowledge to more of us.
I wish Heather and her family all the very best and express my admiration for them … long may she live, before her inspirationally moving legacy kicks in.
Here is Heather’s site - and there is an amazing video by Heather, her husband and daughter ... very well worth a watch.
Here is Mason’s site: Thoughts in Progress - Mesothelioma Awareness
Our UK site gives a good overview – politics intervenes – I won’t pass my comment … but I am interested in seeing the narrative. From this site can be found links to the Australian, Canadian and South African sites – while the main .com is the American web page.
So please spread Awareness of Mesothelioma to all who might be interested or need to be made aware of the disease. It is a hidden killer …
Here is Heather’s wonderful blog post that puts “TheImportance of Support” into context … I can relate to this and can definitely think of another disease that took a small life, where this post totally resonates.
Please support Heather – you know I’m not good with social media aspects – but please all of you who are ‘experts: poor or good!’ … do what you can to spread the word.
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