Heather is an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When she was diagnosed, she had just given birth to her little girl and was told she had 15 months to live. After undergoing a risky surgery, which required the removal of my left lung, she beat the odds and created LungLeavin’ Day as a way to commemorate this day that changed her life forever.
LungLeavin’ Day is held every year on February 2 and it is used to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, Heather gathers around a fire in her backyard with her friends and family. They write their biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. They celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, celebrate life!
I was asked by Heather to participate and spread the word about LungLeavin’ Day. She has created an interactive page (mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday) that tells the full story of her special day. Although the day has passed, I hope you will still check it out and share it on your blog. It would mean so much to her!
This is for you Heather!
“We learn to appreciate what we achieve, no matter how small the achievement, because we do it ourselves. – Midge Rylander in Eighteen Months To Live”