Heather's told me her story and it was heartbreaking. As a little girl she loved to wear her Dad’s construction jacket when she went out into the cold South Dakota winters. She later realized that his jacket was covered in white dust, also known as asbestos. Eight years ago, at the age of only 36, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she made it her life’s mission to educate people about this deadly disease and it’s cause. Wow, what a story!
Here are some facts about Mesothelioma:
- Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year.
- Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye.
- Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
- Navy Veterans are at the greatest risk to develop mesothelioma as asbestos was widely used in Naval ships and shipyards.
- No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.