Fighting Incredible Odds…Heather’s Story.

I know that I usually only post once a day but I thought I’d share this heartwarming story. A lovely lady by the name of Heather Von St. James wanted to share her story with you. Since April is National Cancer Control Month…I figured it would be a great time to talk with you all about her incredible testimony.

What a blessing to hear that she is an 8 year cancer survivor! I have friends and family members that have been affected by this horrible disease so this really hits home with me. I personally love Heather’s attitude and really do admire her strength.

As you all know, when cancer is found in it’s early stages…it increases the patient’s chances of survival. Here are some great preventative tips we can all put into (or continue to put into) practice.

-Eat a diet based around plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. If you do drink alcohol or eat animal products higher in fat, do so in moderation.

-Adults should try to include 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily routine. Keeping a healthy weight can lower your risk for many types of cancer.

-Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, do not use tanning beds, and seek shade between 10AM and 4PM.

-Quit smoking and using tobacco products, and avoid secondhand smoke. There are more than 70 known carcinogens in tobacco. Those who smoke tobacco have up to a 9000% greater chance of contracting mesothelioma.

-Have your home tested for radon and asbestos and have any asbestos abatement carried out by licensed professionals. Make sure that you read the labels on household products and use them according to their direction

-Know your family’s health history and make sure to have annual exams with your physician. Bring up any noticeable changes in your health, cancer is most treatable when it is caught early on.

More information can be found at mesothelioma.com. You can also reach Heather directly here or on Twitter @heathervsj.

Thank you, Heather for sharing your story with us!

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