I was recently contacted by a gentleman, Cameron St James, who requested I take a moment on behalf of his wife, Heather, (family photo below) who is currently in remission by the way, to discuss another type of cancer: Mesothelioma. Of course I agreed to this because after all cancer is cancer!! Once you are diagnosed, it doesn’t really matter what type you have, you are a cancer patient fighting for your life and your loved ones are right there praying and fighting alongside you that you beat the crap out of it. So even though I do not know them, I KNOW them and their family, and their battles. Cameron and Heather, this is in honor of your fight and battle won!
Mesothelioma is the term used to describe a cancerous tumor which involves the mesothelial cells of an organ, usually the lungs, heart, or abdominal organs. Pleural mesothelioma or cancer of the lung lining is the most common form of mesothelioma cancer. Peritoneal mesothelioma is stomach lining cancer and is the next most common form of mesothelioma. Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest and accounts for just 10% of annual diagnoses and originates in the heart.
As I have read, the onset of mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer is slow and symptoms range from chest pain to pain in the lower back to difficulty breathing or coughing. People may also experience weight loss and fever. It is critical to seek treatment as soon as possible. Mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
Symptoms for Pleural Mesothelioma: Chest pain and pain in the lower back, difficulty breathing, coughing, weight loss, fever, muscle weakness and sensory loss, swelling of the face and arms, hoarseness, coughing up blood
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma: The abdomen may bloat (fluid accumulation) and there may be nausea and/or vomiting, swelling of the feet, fever or impaired bowel function.
Not so odd, I read words that resembled my breast cancer in that early “signs” of mesothelioma are often” ignored or mistaken for other minor ailments” because they are not specific to the disease. (What I have learned more than anything else in the last five years is this: listen to your body!! If something feels off, check it out!!)
Did you know that this year, several thousand people will be diagnosed with Mesothelioma? L They will be given 10 months to love….. Yes, I said LOVE….. Because you never really live or love until someone tells you that you are going to die (in my opinion). Help make a difference in living and loving in our cancer to cancer battle!! Learn about this disease and the signs and symptoms! I would also encourage you to jump over to Cameron and Heather’s page to read more about
Mesothelioma and Heather’s amazing - and rare case of- remission at: http://www.mesothelioma.com