Sunday, December 15, 2013


This time of year is often a time for reflection. You will see many a blog post recapping the year that was (or in many cases the year that was not.) Since I have not written in quite some time, it wouldn't make sense for me to recap my year. Instead I'm writing this post based on a touching note I received from someone in the blogging community. Here is an excerpt of said note below...

"I am reaching out today because of your blog! My name is Cameron Von St. James and my wife Heather is an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma - a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When she was diagnosed, she had just given birth to our little girl, Lily. Heather was told she only had 15 months left to live. I was quickly thrown into the role of caregiver, and together we decided we would do whatever it took to beat the cancer. Nearly 8 years later, Heather is cancer free and doing what she loves most; raising Lily. Because she beat the odds and is one of few long-term survivors of mesothelioma, it is our mission to spread awareness of mesothelioma by sharing our personal story."

This note tugged at my heart strings for many reasons. First, I know plenty of people afflicted with the awful, insidious disease known as cancer. Many of them have fought the good fight and are winning, while others have not been so fortunate. It's a battle no one should ever have to face, but those that do are heroes in every sense of the word. Cameron's wife Heather is a true hero. She faced her cancer head on and came up swinging. As a mom I know that we want nothing more than to raise our children into adulthood. To hear that this opportunity was in jeopardy for Heather was unfathomable to me. Knowing that she beat the odds and is doing what doctors said she may not be able to do (raise their daughter), is simply remarkable. 

My first thought upon receiving Cameron's email was, "what can I do to help?" I quickly realized that of course can help! I have the power with this blog to share a wonderful story and bring awareness to the plight of those dealing with a rare cancer, and hopefully give others hope that they too can beat it. 

Writing this post also gave me a chance to think about things I am thankful for. Health and family are two things that come to mind. We often take our health & family for granted until something bad happens. Promise yourself (and me while you're at it) that you won't do this. Take care of yourself and keep family first and all else should hopefully fall into place. 

Thank you Cameron for reaching out to me and for reminding me, as another year comes to a close, to stop and reflect on what I'm thankful for. Here's to a fabulous 2014 filled with happy family memories, good health and happiness. Cheers! 

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