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I received this email from Cameron Von St. James today. I hope it’s o.k. to post the entire email because I think it’s just that important and much more poignant in Cameron’s voice:


I’m not sure if you remember, but I contacted you a while back about your blog. I wanted to reach back out to you and let you know about a campaign that my wife and I have put together with the help of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and we are trying to get 7200 voices talking and sharing about this rare cancer, to represent the 7200 hours that the average mesothelioma patient has to live. 

As my wife is a rare survivor of mesothelioma, this day obviously means a lot to us. We aren’t asking for time, money, or donations of any kind, just voices to spread the word about this awful, and sadly little known cancer.  I was hoping that you would help support our cause by posting a link to our campaign page on your blog, so that your readers can use their voices as well! 

Here is the link, please let me know what you think when you get a chance to take a look.  Your help would mean the world to us!

I read some of the blog and feel honored to be asked to place it in my blog. I don’t know too much about this type of cancer; however, I can certainly identify with some of the same experiences that all cancer patients go through. I am only too happy to lend my voice to spread the word about this cancer.

So, to my readers, please go to the website above and share it with your family, friends, and acquaintances.

Thank you so much.

Note: Sorry, I don’t know how to put in the link so that it can be clicked, but please do not let that deter you from accessing a very inspiration blog on this subject.


article-2290831-188A3759000005DC-969_310x456I had forgotten that I started this draft in July and never finished, but I wanted to publish it anyway. Please note that I will have a more up-to-date blog very soon!

Some things haven’t changed with my trip to Alaska. While I still fight fatigue, I realize that there are times that I have more energy, that I feel almost “normal”.

And, I am still dealing with acid reflux. It is constant now, on a daily basis.  Even though I had this condition on and off after the last bout with cancer, I’m not sure exactly when this became an everyday thing.  I think it was several months after the surgery. So, I am even more careful with what I eat, when I eat and the amount. It feels like any little deviation can set it off.

There are times that I despair I will ever fully heal, that the acid reflux in the intestinal area might cause the tumor to return. Mind you, I have no scientific proof that this condition has anything to do with the cancer.  That doesn’t stop me from worrying.

And then I read Until I Say Good-Bye, by Susan Spencer-Wendel. She contacted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease, at age 44. This disease is irreversible and systemically destroys the nerves that control the muscles in the body. With a prognosis of one year of remaining health, she chose to live it with joy.

It put my fears and worries into perspective. More than that, it humbled me. Read the rest of this entry »

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