In Honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Out of the blue a lady contacted me through my blog wanting me to post something about her journey and to draw awareness to mesothelioma on September 26. My first thought was, “Who’s this? Another person trying to hook me into a multilevel marketing scheme or an e-mail junkbomb?” Something felt different though. I checked out her website anyway. I usually don’t do that. What I found amazed me.

Like most of you, I’ve been affected by cancer, not because I was ever diagnosed, but because of loved ones. A grandfather, aunts and uncles, several friends. I’ve been really fortunate, and I thank God for that. And now I’ve been affected through Heather. I met Heather Von St James digitally and read her amazing story. I got the chance to hear the story of this beautiful, amazingly strong woman and her family.


Now, let’s talk about her story in her words…

In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to my beautiful daughter Lily Rose, I was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Upon learning of this life-altering diagnosis, my husband Cameron and I embarked upon a search to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Our search eventually led us to Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston based Brigham and Women’s hospital. Today, I am a seven-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and have made it my mission to help other mesothelioma victims around the globe. I share my personal story to help spread hope and awareness for others going through this, in hopes that one day no one else will have to.

I urge you to find out more about Heather through her website. You can click HERE to get there. Please do it. Until you get to know someone personally that has mesothelioma, it’s really nothing more than a big scary word. Now, for me, it’s a person, a wife and a mom, a young daughter, a dad, a family that turns that nasty word into a real story. Take the chance today to get to know someone with mesothelioma.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at Thanks for reading!


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