There are very few of us who have not been affected, touched, and even grieved by cancer. I’ve lost some very important people in my life to Ovarian Cancer… my aunt, and the sister of one of my best friend’s. Both of them died so young, at 42 and 38, respectively.
Cancer is a bitch.
But thankfully, she doesn’t always win. My mother-in-law is a two-time breast cancer survivor. My aunt is a breast cancer survivor. My eight-year-old cousin passed away after a four year fight with cancer.
It brings so much sadness.
Which is why today is special. Today we celebrate the survivors… like my mother-in-law and my aunt.
National Cancer Survivor’s Day was brought to my attention by Heather Von St. James who is a cancer survivor herself. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer shortly after her daughter was born but has been cancer free for 10 years! She is helping to spread awareness for NCSD to also shed light on mesothelioma because it is such a rare form of cancer that affects so many lives but is completely preventable. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos which makes it that much harder to hear that asbestos still exists buildings all over the US and Canada. There are three types of mesothelioma: pleural (the most common), peritoneal, and pericardial.
Heather strives to raise awareness for mesothelioma so that anyone facing a diagnosis will be able to find the right resources to help them navigate their way to a healthy life once again!
Who do you celebrate today?