Meet Heather. . .A Mesothelioma Survivor

Good morning, dear friends!
Today I am sharing a post that is not my usual craft, recipe, or tea post.
Today's post is far more important and precious. . .
it is a post about a woman who beat the odds against Mesothelioma cancer.
That woman is Heather Von St. James.

First of all, mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer 
that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.
Every year around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
On average, they are given 10 months to live. . .

When I read Heather's story I was greatly touched.
You see, she was exposed to asbestos through her father's job.
Her dad worked in construction
and he would come home covered in the drywall dust
that he had scraped off the walls.
Thinking nothing of it Heather would slip on her father's jacket
{which was covered in the drywall dust}
and wear it while working outside around their home.
She and her parents had no idea that the jacket was full of asbestos.

Heather and her husband found out they were expecting a precious child
after seven years of marriage.
Heather had her little girl and three months after the birth 
she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

A few facts about asbestos. . .

Asbestos is banned in 60 countries, but not in the USA or Canada.
Roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year.

Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye.

Even more than 30 years after the peak of its use,
asbestos exposure is still the number one cause
of occupational cancer in the USA.

Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools,
and commercial or industrial buildings.

Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products
including household items such as toasters and hair dryers-
some of which may still be in use.

Heather was given only 15 months to live. . .
it has been 9 years since then and she is cancer-free.

Heather is a fighter. . .she is a survivor.

To Heather there was no other option than living through it. . .
and she beat the odds!

Where the is HOPE there is a WAY.

Let's spread the word, sweet friends.

Remember what I mentioned. . .
Every year around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
On average, they are given 10 months to live.

That's 300 days.

7,200 hours.

Now imagine what 7,200 voices could do.

7,200 people spreading awareness.

7,200 people sharing a simple message that could save lives.

Be one of those 7,200.

Connect with Heather via:

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Hugs and blessings to you, dear friends.
Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Sandi said...

What a beautiful woman!

Glad to hear she is success story.

Debby Ray said...

Thank you for introducing us to Heather...what a lovely woman with a fantastic story! God is SO good!

Billie Jo said...


Daniela said...

I've lost a few people I loved, among friends and relatives, because of this form of cancer, and, to be honest, Heather is the first I hear about who was ill and able to survive it, I'm so very glad for her !
This is truly a beautiful story darling Stephanie, thank you to both of you!

Blessings and hugs


Marilyn Mathis said...

What a wonderful story of survival. God has surely blessed her. Thanks of sharing this.

Debbie Harris said...

That is quite a beautiful story, Stephanie.
Heather was a fighter and God has certainly blessed her with life.
Thank you for sharing this information, much to ponder on.

Have a beautiful day!

Nonnie said...

I can't believe that our country is still using asbestos when it is so well known that it causes cancer. What do we have to do to stop poisoning our people? Praise God that Heather is a survivor.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, thank you for bringing awareness to this very serious cancer.
Your post is enlightening as well as sharing the story of Heather. Thank God she fought and won. With God's grace she is here today to bring hope to others.
Thank you for caring.
Blessings to you and Happy First Day of Fall. cm

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful woman and a heart warming story in that she as fought and survived. Awareness to this terrible cancer is needed you have certainly given me a lot to think about.

Vee said...

So glad that she's a survivor. She and her daughter are so cute together. Thank you for raising awareness...

Dreaming of Vintage said...

What a beautiful, courageous fighter! Way to go Heather!

Terra said...

Beautiful success story of healing.

Dee said...

Thank you for sharing Heather's story. Reading about her truly touched my heart and I'm glad that she's a survivor.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, thank you for informing us about this illness. I am glad that Heather beat the odds and I hope that she continues to be healthy.


Hmm..my son works with drywall...thank you for this post and so happy that Heather is a survivor!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thanks for sharing Heather's story.

Ana said...

Hi Ms. Stephanie,
Thank you so much for sharing Heather's story with us.

Hugs and Kisses,

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful woman and mother Heather is, and I'm so happy that she beat the odds. Thanks for sharing her story and making us aware of mesothelioma. Loving hugs, Kitty

Denise said...

bless you for sharing

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful post to support awareness on this awful disease! Heather is a walking miracle!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Incredible story and so thankful to hear of the amazing outcome of this dear lady! One never knows where that ugly "c" word is hiding, and the more awareness about the various types of cancer and chemicals causing it, the better. May the Lord continue to strengthen Heather, and bless you for making us aware of this devastating condition. :)

Conniecrafter said...

I had never heard about this until I heard her story, it's amazing we still use it here in the States, how wonderful that God has blessed her and her daughter with this time together!!

Kim said...

What a beautiful and uplifting story. It warms my heart when I read of miraculous stories such as Heather's. Thank you for sharing this heart warming story, Stephanie!

doodles n daydreams said...

I am astounded that countries as advanced as the USA and Canada are still using asbestos. Here if any is found on a demolition site the whole site is closed down until it is removed by specialists. It's certainly not used in building or floor coverings. Even to remove the old linoleum (pre 1970's) the person has to cover up and wear a mask. Having got that off my chest, thanks for bringing this to our attention, I shall be looking at Heather's facebook page.
Enjoy your day.


Red Rose Alley said...

My dear Stephanie, you're not going to believe this, but I've had Heather Von Saint James' link on my side bar for a very long time. I talked with her through e-mail, and she is an amazing person, such a lovely woman. I'm so glad that you met her also through this land of blogging. This is a very nice post about her.

love, ~Sheri

Delvalina said...

What an encouraging post dear sister,
Thank you for sharing this. She is such an inspiration! Hope is always found in this kind of things. I will spread this about.
and the story is absolutely touching. Especially about her girl.
This post just reminded me to pray for those who fight with life.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What a beautiful woman just GORGEOUS. Thank God for her healing! And a good morning to you, Stephanie!

Picnic Bench said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing this heart warming story.

Kelly-Anne said...

Dearest Stephanie...oh, you have such a beautiful heart, and what a blessing it was to meet Heather through your blog today...praise the Lord that she is alive and well today, and able to be a momma to her precious daughter... She is just lovely, and I know her story is an inspiration and an encouragement to many...especially those fighting cancer...
Thank you, dear friend for spreading awareness through your blog...many blessings on your Thursday and oh so much love!

Miss Val's Creations said...

It is wonderful to see survivors! Mesothelioma is horrible. I used to work within the construction industry so I am very familiar with it. Luckily we know so much more about asbestos today so stories like Heather's will stop occurring.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and lovely post about her! I had no idea, for some reason, that asbestos is still legal in the US. I thought it was banned but simply still existed in old houses and needed supervision when disrupted by construction. I'm pretty sure my old room in my parents' house, where my sister currently lives, has asbestos ceiling tiles :( I should voice my concerns loudly if they decide to renovate.

Mimi said...

Stephanie, how wonderful to bring this gorgeous lady to our attention. I met a man who had this awful cancer, in the Oncology ward when my Mum was being treated for her terminal cancer. He was also comparatively young like Heather, but he did not cling long to this Earthly life. His wife and daughter were of course, shattered that he'd contracted this terrible disease through working and providing for them. It's inconceivable that the U.S. still uses asbestos. It's no longer in use here, and buildings containing asbestos are treated very carefully during demolition to prevent exactly this occurrence. Blessings to Heather...she must be one special lady. Mimi xxx

Robyn said...

Hi Stephanie,
I'm so glad you introduced everyone to Heather. I've met her before and visited her blog and she is such a beautiful inspiration!
We have to keep fighting this awful disease and I love that she brings heightens public awareness. She's a very special person.

Love and hugs to you, friend. xoxo

Linda Walker said...

Dear Stephanie,
What a beautiful story of hope and healing that you have shared with us! Heather is an extraordinary woman and her inspiring journey serves as hope and encouragement to others who also battle this horrible disease. I have heard of this disease before but now, thanks to you, I know more about it. Very informative Stephanie. Thank you for sharing this story and bringing awareness to this horrible disease.

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a courageous woman, and what a blessing she has survived! I used to work for a company that did asbestos monitoring (measuring levels of asbestos when asbestos was being removed from buildings to make sure the workers weren't being exposed) and know how deadly this is. That was in the 80s. Wasn't aware that it is still such an issue. Thanks for telling me about this. Now, I wonder if I should check out my vintage toaster? I'm going to google it. Thanks.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh Stephanie, am I grateful to you. I just bought a vintage toaster and percolator, and yes, they used asbestos in their manufacture. Maybe not in my particular models, but I'm taking no chances. Wrapped up and in the trash they go. Thank you Lord for using Stephanie to warn me.
I think I'll do a short post about this as I was raving about my vintage finds. Not everything was good about the good old days. Bless you, dear friend.

Alex said...

What a moving story of courage, such a lovely lady.
I am so glad the little girl did not lose her Mama.

Our family has had issues with asbestos, there was some in my Dad's garage (ceiling tiles) and this was brown asbestos which is more dangerous than the white. He has had it encapsulated (sealed in with a special sealant paint) which is supposed to make it harmless, but I don't like going in there!
Thankfully most modern houses here in the UK have been built without it.

An interesting post, and a wise 'heads-up', thank you Stephanie.
Sorry I am slow to catch up...busy times!
Hugs, as ever xx

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

So very happy that Heather has overcome such a dreadful diagnosis. She is very blessed and inspiring. Thank you for sharing lovely Heather's story with us today. Hugs xo Karen

Mindy said...

Wonderfully inspiring story. So thankful she had such a positive outcome and is willing to share her story to help raise awareness.

Oliva Ohlson said...

So glad Heather beat the odds, but so terrible that she and others have to go through this horrible disease.
Thank you Stephanie for sharing this post.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Such an inspirational story of survival. Best wishes to Heather and her family. I can't believe asbestos is still being used in North America!

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