Lung Leavin Day: Fears and Awareness about Mesothelioma

Hey friends! How are you doing? Today I am posting to help promote awareness of a very serious cancer.

I had a follower reach out to me and asked me if I could write about Mesothelioma, which is a cancer that is caused due to exposure to asbestos. This follower has a wife who is affected by it, and she has had one of her lungs removed as a result. Before I get into the awareness piece, I just thought I would share with you in some more depth what Mesothelioma is.

mesotheliomaIn addition to being caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is hard to treat and there is currently no known cure for it. Treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the prognosis, but that is just a step. It can also be hard to treat as it mimics other ailments. It wasn’t until the 20th century that this cancer was studied and that there could be a relationship with asbestos..

I am not a doctor, so if you are interested please check out the mesothelioma Cancer Alliance http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/  for more information.

Now. The viewer of my blog reached out to me and asked me to raise awareness of mesothelioma. I honestly had never heard of it before, and his story touched me so I was more than happy to help out. This reader and his family created a mesothelioma awareness day, better known as Lung Leavin Day. When this reader’s wife was getting one of her lungs removed, her sister referred to it as that, and it kind of stuck. The purpose of Lung Leavin Day is overcoming your fears. This reader gathers around with his wife and their family and friends, where they write their fear on to a plate and smash it in to a fire.

I think this is a brilliant idea for raising awareness. The smashing of the plate is very symbolic. You have your friends and family around you, and you are getting rid of your fear by smashing it. The plate is essentially shattered, and you are left with your family and friends- the people who will support you most through the rough times.

Although I do not have Mesothelioma, I can understand what it is like to have a health scare, or have fears about your health. I remember about 2 or 3 years ago my neurologist told me that I could go into Status Epilepticus. Status Epilepticus is when you have a seizure that is 30 minutes long, or you have a cluster of shorter seizures that lasts for 30 minutes or more, with little or no recovery in between. The longer the seizure lasts, the less likely it is to stop on its own. So, essentially it is a medical emergency. It can lead to brain damage, or even death. In order to help stop the seizing, an IV with an anti epileptic drug (AED) will be injected to hopefully slow the seizures down.

The idea of not being able to stop seizing terrified me. So, after that doctor’s appointment I remember staying in bed all weekend. I basically hid under the covers and read a book. I was so depressed and afraid that Status Epilepticus could be my fate. I have not gone into Status Epilepticus, so thankfully I have been lucky in that sense.

Please check out this follower’s awareness page about Mesothelioma. Just like Epilepsy, I think it is important to raise awareness about different medical conditions. This family is very strong and brave, and I give all of my kudos to them for that. It must not be easy. Here is the link for their page: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/#.VOKOefnF_Z0

Thanks all for reading! Please help to spread awareness about Mesothelioma Also, if you or a loved one or friend are struggling with a serious illness and you would like to share your story on Life at Full Volume,  please feel free to email me at  lifeatfullvolume@gmail.com

Love you lots! xox

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