Back in February I posted a story by a guest blogger, Cameron Von St. James. He came across An Arkie's Musings, and saw that fighting back against cancer was a priority here. He contacted me and offered to tell his story to my readers. We corresponded and he sent me his story. It is both compelling and informative. You can read his story here.
In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to a beautiful daughter Lily Rose, his wife, Heather, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Upon learning of this life-altering diagnosis, they embarked upon a search to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Their search eventually led them to Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston based Brigham and Women's hospital.
Today, Heather is a seven-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and has made it her mission to help other mesothelioma victims around the globe. She shares her personal story to help spread hope and awareness for others going through this, in hopes that one day no one else will have to.
Recently the Von St. James were featured in a video that tells their story. It is a very well produced video under 4 minutes in length. The story is a story of hardship and hope but it focuses on hope. In my work with the American Cancer Society I have come to realize how important hope is. You can watch Heather Von St. James video here.
The Von St. James are hoping to use this video to continue to spread hope and awareness to those who need it. They ask that you please share their story to help build hope and awareness.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.