Taking a Moment for Meso

The creation of Face Forward revealed a community of lupus patients and caregivers from across the globe, who continue to be a major source of inspiration and support. My hope has always been that this blog would be a meeting place for health warriors of all kinds, since all illness/pain sufferers can, on some level, relate to the day-to-day struggles of maintaining one’s quality of life. One such warrior is Heather Von St. James, a rare mesothelioma cancer survivor who beat the odds eight years ago when she was given only fifteen months to live. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused only by asbestos exposure and is completely preventable. Heather and her husband, Cameron, launched the “Take a Moment for Meso” campaign to spread awareness and approached bloggers like myself to join in the effort. Face Forward is happy to spread the word and to share the wonderful news that Heather continues to thrive after a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung. Since today, September 26th, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, there’s no better way to celebrate than to share some potentially life-saving facts in honour of our cancer defeating superhero, Heather: SUBTITLE Head on over to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance website or mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma/ for more information. If you know anyone you believe to be at risk, please “take a moment for Meso” and spread the word! And keep an eye out for a “best of” list of my favourite posts from the last five years of Face Forward. It will be a belated blog birthday celebration in a month of lupie milestones, so get ready to fill the comment section with your favourite post choice and what you want me to write about in the Face Forward future!

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