We want to thank Heather Von St. James, a wife, mother and blogger who writes for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, reached out to Harlem World Magazine to bring this important event to our attention.
In her e-mail she said:
Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and deadly cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. I had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of my left lung, I’ve made it my life’s mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.
My father had worked in construction and would come home with dust all over him. As a child I would wear his work coat, unknowingly exposing myself to the asbestos he worked with daily. Mesothelioma was once considered a ‘man’s disease’, but women have swiftly become the new patient profile due to second-hand exposure.
We invite you to join the National Women’s Health Week celebration. Learn more about how you can be a well woman. Spread the word through your networks. Join or organize women’s health Meetups near you.