Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lung Leavin' Day

Last week, Cameron Von St. James contacted me, sharing the story of his wife Heather and her battle with cancer. As many of you know, I lost my mother in law in August 2011 to cancer. The disease took away my chance to have a relationship with her and Connor's chance to spend his years learning and loving his Grandma Connie. Because cancer robbed my family and I of someone so precious to us, I was more than willing to share Heather's story with my readers.

Eight years ago, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. Heather and Cameron had just welcomed their sweet little girl Lily into the world, only to be told Heather had a short 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of Heather's left lung, Lung Leavin' Day was born. On February 2nd, the Von St. James family celebrating 8 years of Heather being cancer free.

The purpose of Lung Leavin' Day is to encourage others to face their fears. Each year, Cameron, Heather, Lily and their family and friends, gather around a fire in their backyard and write their biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. They are celebrating for those who are no longer alive, for those who continue to battle, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life and most importantly, they celebrate life.

The Von St. James family has created an interactive page Lung Leavin' Day that tells the full story of our special day and gives you a chance to write on a plate and smash it into the fire. I took the opportunity and smashed my own plate after writing out my fear:

"I fear that I will one day, I look back and wish I had done more, seen more, been more."

After writing my message and smashing my plate, I got to thinking. I'm the only one holding me back from doing more, seeing more or being more. Thanks to Heather's story, I've decided to reach a little higher and deeper in hopes that one day, I'll be able to look back and be proud of all I've accomplished.

Please join me and hundreds of others and smash your fears!


  1. what an inspirational story and scary one at the same time

  2. What an incredible story. I think cancer has touched everyone's life in one form or another. Thank you for sharing!

  3. That's amazing! She is truly blessed! Lovely family :)

  4. What a touching story!! The "C" word is such a scary 1 for so many of us. Thank you for dealing with it in such an inspiring way.

  5. She is gorgeous and what a great story!! God bless Heather and her family and those who are fighting such an ugly battle right now!


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