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How Cutting Funds to the EPA Could Affect Mesothelioma Survivors

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 5/8/2017

How Cutting Funds to the EPA

Through my years blogging for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, I have had some pretty amazing opportunities to get my story out there through blogs, opinion pieces, and most recently an interview and video with Greenpeace. Why Greenpeace you might ask? What does an organization better known for saving the whales have to do with mesothelioma and asbestos?

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Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/3/2017

Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

The mesothelioma community is mourning the recent loss of a true warrior, Louise “Lou” Williams. Lou was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003, and again faced pleural mesothelioma in 2009. After a nearly 15-year battle, the aggressive cancer unfortunately won.

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Life After Cancer: What Survivorship Means for These Individuals

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/27/2017

Life After Cancer

The word survivor can mean many things. For those in the cancer community, survivorship is a broad spectrum of living with cancer and goes far beyond the original diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer survivors are living longer than ever. In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million survivors: 67% of them were survivors of 5 or more years, and 17% had survived at least 20 years. By 2026, it is expected that there will be over 20 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone.

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Living with Mesothelioma: Claire Cowley Shares Her Husband’s Journey

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/12/2017

Claire Cowley Shares Her Husband’s Journey

In 2012, Paul Cowley was a working dad living a normal life. He lived in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his wife Claire and their 20-month-old son, Ethan. Paul was just 34 years old, and seemed perfectly healthy and active. So when the doctors told him and Claire that he might have cancer, they couldn’t believe it. Learning he had pleural mesothelioma, the family was completely shocked and devastated.

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Considering a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/3/2017

Workers’ Compensation Claim

Throughout the world, people face many hazards through their daily work. Many of these hazards go unnoticed until it’s too late, like asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through their occupations each year.

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Lung Leavin’ Day 2017: Celebrating 11 Years of Mesothelioma Survival

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 2/3/2017

Heather 11 year Lung Leavin

My husband and I have been throwing our Lung Leavin’ Day Celebration ever since 2007.

The first year it was just the two of us, in subzero weather, with our plates, by a pitifully small bonfire. But we did it, we wrote our fears in sharpie and smashed the plates. You know what? It felt AMAZING!!!

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Mesothelioma Warriors Share Their Hopes for 2017

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/5/2017

Hope for 2017

For many people the New Year brings hope, whether it’s hope of fulfilling a dream, hope of recovering from sickness or other circumstances, or simply hope that something unexpected and good will happen in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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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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