Inspired by Lungleavin Day

lungleavin day

BonniebygateInspiration is all around us. I am often inspired by words artfully strung together, by music and colours and fresh air, or when I stop and look around at nature in all its beauty and truth, and again when I look for the good in people; which, by the way, is always there.

What I find particularly inspiring are those who have suffered a major health crisis but have fought tooth and nail. Souls who have been through so much and then decide to share what they’ve learned. These people always look at life differently afterwards and I’m grateful when they want the rest of us to really get how precious life is. They know so many of us take it all for granted because they did themselves once. Before.

The recovering and the recovered often work hard to share their knowledge and wisdom with those of us innocent of the pain and fear they’ve endured and to those who may be newly diagnosed they also offer understanding and hope.

So, thank you fighters and survivors. Thank you for sharing all that you do.

Here is one such survivor who has been offering up what she has learned over the past seven years:

Heather Von St. James is a seven year mesothelioma cancer survivor and continues to provide unending inspiration to mesothelioma victims around the globe. She carries out her mission to be a beacon of hope for those afflicted with mesothelioma by sharing her story of faith, love and courage both as a keynote speaker at conferences and through social media forums.

She writes “My journey through cancer was quite a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my struggles and obstacles into inspiration and hope for others. One of many things that came out of my battle with cancer is a holiday I created called Lungleavin Day. This is the anniversary of my surgery (Feb 2nd) in which my entire left lung was removed. Lungleavin Day is a celebration of life and facing your fears. Each year we celebrate with nearly 100 loved ones. The idea of this day is for everyone to fill a blank plate with their fears and smash it into a bonfire at my Lungleavin day party, symbolizing people throwing their fears to the fire. I also use Lungleavin day as a fundraiser for mesothelioma research.”

Read Heather’s blog post about fear. “FEAR” is an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real”

Thanks Heather and Happy Lungleavin Day!




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