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Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis During the Holidays

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 12/15/2016

Heather and Family for Christmas

I love decorating my Christmas tree. I love pulling out all the ornaments year after year, and finding the perfect spot for each one. Like many people, the ornaments hold memories: some good, others funny, and one in particular is the most bittersweet.

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Dealing with “Scanxiety” at My Annual Mesothelioma Checkup

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 11/15/2016

Heather at Baylor 2016

No matter how good I feel on a day-to-day basis, every six months, the reality of being a long-term cancer survivor comes crashing back. Even though I’m going to be celebrating 11 years since my diagnosis on November 21, I still get uneasy when the time comes around for me to get on a plane, head to Houston for my scans and to see Dr. Sugarbaker.

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Fall Mesothelioma Awareness: Meso Foundation Symposium

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 11/1/2016

Heather and John Panza

September was such a jam-packed month of mesothelioma awareness activities, that it’s now taken me more than a month to even process it all and get it all written down. In addition to participating in Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26th, I went to three different events throughout the course of the month. You can read about my experiences at the Kayaking 4 Meso and Miles for Meso events.

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Fall Mesothelioma Awareness: Miles for Meso

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 10/26/2016

Heather Von St. James at Miles 4 Meso

September is filled with a lot of wonderful opportunities to support mesothelioma awareness through fundraising events and gatherings across the country! In my last post, I wrote about how I joined the Kayaking 4 Meso event in Upstate New York. In this post, I’m going to share my experience with the Miles for Meso event halfway across the country in Illinois.

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Fall Mesothelioma Awareness: Kayaking 4 Meso

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 10/20/2016

Kayaking for Meso

I love fall...especially September, but for more reasons that just the cooler weather and leaves changing color. September is a month that is full off mesothelioma awareness and fundraising events all over the country!

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How One Mesothelioma Survivor Deals With Survivor's Guilt

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 8/17/2016

I learned early on in my cancer treatment what a cruel, unfair thing cancer can be. It doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, or how much money you do or don’t have. Cancer has one purpose, to destroy the host, no matter who that host is – and many times, it succeeds.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

5 Things Every Advocate Should Remember

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 7/6/2016

A strange thing happened to me during my cancer treatment: I had the strong desire to help people, to give back, to inspire. I wanted to be an advocate.

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The Real Costs of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 5/24/2016

Real Cost of Cancer

When one hears the word “mesothelioma,” everyone immediately thinks of the commercials on TV: “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure… “ and then they think everyone who gets this cancer is automatically wealthy because of a lawsuit. Well, I’m here to set that record straight.

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Finding Purpose After Losing Everything

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 4/19/2016

Now what?

That’s what I asked myself as I sat in my car in the parking lot of the cancer center. I had just finished my last radiation treatment, and for the first time in almost a year, I had no more chemotherapy or radiation treatments to go to. I was done. And I was lost.

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Making Strides for Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2015

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 10/27/2015

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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.

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About Heather

  • Wife of Cameron Von St. James and mother to Lily Rose
  • Pleural mesothelioma survivor
  • Treated by Dr. David Sugarbaker, world renowned mesothelioma expert and thoracic surgeon
  • Self proclaimed “Poster child for hope after mesothelioma” for those suffering from asbestos disease
  • Continues to live with strong faith, abundant gratitude and an unbeatable will to live each day

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