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Wedding to CamWedding to Cam

Wedding to Cam

April 1999
Pregnant with LilyPregnant with Lily

Pregnant with Lily

Summer 2005
Lily's BirthLily's Birth

Lily's Birth

August 2005


November 21, 2005


February 2, 2006


Lung Leavin' DayLung Leavin Day 2008

Lung Leavin' Day

February 2, 2008
Lung Leavin' DayLung Leavin Day 2009

Lung Leavin' Day

February 2, 2009
Lung Leavin' DayLung Leavin Day 2010

Lung Leavin' Day

February 2, 2010
Meso Awareness DayDay

Meso Awareness Day

September 26, 2011


October 2011
Lung Leavin' DayLung Leavin Day 2012

Lung Leavin' Day

February 2, 2012
ADAO ConferenceDay

ADAO Conference

March 2012
Reuters InterviewReuters Interview

Reuters Interview

May 2012
MARF SymposiumMARF Symposium

MARF Symposium

July 2012
Meso Awareness DayMeso Awareness Day

Meso Awareness Day

September 2012
Visit with Dr. SugarbakerDr. Sugarbaker

Visit with Dr. Sugarbaker

October 2012
Lung Leavin' Day 2013Lung Leavin' Day 2013

Lung Leavin' Day

February 2, 2013
MARF SymposiumMARF 2013

MARF Symposium

March 2013
ADAO ConferenceADAO Conference

ADAO Conference

ADAO 2013

My Bio

Heather's Family In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to my beautiful daughter Lily Rose, I was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Upon learning of this life-altering diagnosis, my husband Cameron and I embarked upon a search to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Our search eventually led us to Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston based Brigham and Women's hospital.
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  • Making Strides for Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2015

    Mesothelioma Awareness Day, established by Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation volunteers in 2004, has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to mesothelioma...

  • My Decade of Survivorship

    Today is a day I was never meant to live, this year was one I wasn’t supposed to see, this life is one I wasn’t supposed to have...

  • Breathing New Life Into Lung Leavin' Day

    Every year following Lung Leavin’ Day, I write a recap of the evening. This year I wanted to do something a little different. I know the event has a huge effect on people, and in the last couple of years...

  • Reflecting on the "Firsts" of 2014

    As a society, we put a huge emphasis on our children’s “firsts”: baby’s first tooth, baby’s first steps. The first birthday, the first day of school. Oh my, how I remember that day with Lily! So many of...