Woman of Courage: Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

Content Creator and Curator at MELISASource
Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day (or MAD) is the one day each year that is dedicated to those whose lives have been affected by mesothelioma and asbestos (the natural mineral that causes this rare cancer) to have their stories told.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous material that was frequently used in building projects because of its’ fire retardant properties. Asbestos continues to be mined by the ton and is still legal in the US.

Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma just three and a half months after becoming a new mother. After going through treatments, Heather’s life was changed forever. As part of her treatment process, she had her left lung removed to try to keep the cancer from spreading and she was unable to return to her job as a hairdresser in her salon.

It’s always said that every cloud has a silver lining and if you ask Heather, the relationships that she has developed through her experience with cancer and becoming an advocate have helped her through the years along with her amazingly supportive husband and parents.

To read more about Heather’s story, check out her 10 month blog series.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

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