One of the perks of blogging definitely has been the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of bloggers and readers from all around the world. I welcome the support and feedback that I receive from everyone who takes the time to visit my blog, and I thoroughly enjoy reading the words of other bloggers. Today, I made an unexpected new connection with someone who sent me an e-mail containing a simple request and a story that blew me away. I was going to summarize this amazing story, but instead, I am going to share the e-mail with you, along with the link, as I couldn’t say this any better than the author:
I am reaching out today because of your blog! My name is Heather and I am an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When I was diagnosed, I had just given birth to my little girl and was told I had 15 months to live. Because I beat the odds and am one of few long-term survivors, I now am on a mission to spread awareness of mesothelioma by sharing my personal story.
If having cancer has taught me anything, it’s the value of life and the value of gratitude. My diagnosis was in November, and every year during the holiday season, I am reminded of this difficult time. Therefore, I have set out to acknowledge something in my life that I am thankful for every day throughout the month of December.
This year, I decided to take this idea to the blogosphere. I’ve been so lucky to meet some incredible bloggers who have helped me in my journey to spread awareness and I was wondering if you would do that same. This December, I’m asking bloggers to post about something that they are thankful for, along with sharing a little bit of my story with their readers. I hope you are interested!
Here is the link to my blog page where you can learn more about my story: mesothelioma.com/heather
Let me know what you think!”
It is my honor and pleasure to share Heather’s story with you in the hopes that it will provide you with both information and inspiration, and I cannot thank her enough for sharing her story. On a rather dreary December day that left me feeling down in the dumps and feeling a bit sorry for myself, as soon as I read Heather’s story, I felt a shift in my attitude and perception, and I was truly moved by her courage, faith, and hope. I hope that Heather’s story touches you, as well, and if you feel so inclined, I hope that you will share her story, too. So, Heather, one thing I am grateful for this December is “meeting” you, and I thank you and wish you all the best!
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This was a truly inspiring story. I love the message of Heather being a SURVIVOR when usually someone with her diagnosis generally looks on this as a death sentence. She is a real miracle.
Elizabeth, her story truly blew me away, and I was so happy to be able to share it with you. She definitely gives me hope!