Lung Leavin' Day: One Woman's Inspirational Story!

Every so often, I receive an inquiry in my e-mail that really touches my heart.  A few days ago, it was this: 

"My name is Cameron Von St. James and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help me with a cause that means a lot to me!

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. She had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born. This will be the 8th year that we celebrate on February 2nd!

The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. We 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, we celebrate life!"

As I dug further into the website and information about Heather, I found that she was just 3 months post-birth when she was given this grim diagnosis. Rather than giving up on life, she chose to push through! What an amazing and inspirational woman! 

Although February 2nd has passed, I encourage you to visit her website, learn about her journey and LungLeavin' Day! Use what you learn as inspiration for yourself and to inspire others to reach for the stars and never give up on life! 

Life is always worth fighting for!


  1. What an amazing story.I am so glad that this woman never gave up.My brother was just recently diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs,and I think it is so important that people fight for their lives when they are faced with things like this.I think Lung Leaving Day is a good idea too.

  2. Omg what a beautiful story and love the meaning behind the day! i am glad she pulled through and wish them the best!

  3. Thank you for sharing with us, this is very inspirational.

  4. Oh my goodness, this story made me cry. Having a 5 month old, I can't imagine what she goes through on a daily basis. Her story is incredibly inspirational. What a reminder that life is too short, and we do need to cherish each and every day we are with our loved ones. It's so easy to get down and negative on little things in life, we need to remember that tomorrow is never promised, and to be grateful every day we get!


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