A few weeks ago we were contacted by Heather Von St. James, a mum who against all odds survived mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer linked to exposure to asbestos.
According to Abestos.com, the United Kingdom possesses one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, largely because the UK government permitted the use of asbestos long after other countries outlawed its use. People the most affected by the disease are the ones who have worked in the shipbuilding or building industries. Mesothelioma affects people who have been in either primary or secondary contact with asbestos. While asbestos use in the UK in now banned, any structures erected or renovated prior to 2000 are likely to contain asbestos. The UK government provides some useful links on how to deal with asbestos in your home here.
Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Heather Von St. James has made it her mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. Here is her story:
“At age 36, just 3 ½ months after giving birth to my first and only daughter, Lily, I was given 15 months to live. It was a diagnosis that absolutely shattered my once perfect world with my brand new baby.
In November 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare, deadly cancer. It was malignant pleural mesothelioma. The more I researched this disease, the more hopeless I became. I quickly found out that mesothelioma kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis, and here I was with a brand new baby. The thought of leaving her and my husband Cameron alone in this world was unbearable. After undergoing various tests, it was determined that I was a candidate for a new type of surgery known as an extrapleural pneumonectomy. This surgery required the removal of the affected lung, half of my diaphragm, and the lining of my heart. We knew the surgery was risky since it was so new, but like any mother would, I decided that I would do anything it took to continue to be there for Lily.
The surgery was in Feb. 2006 in Boston. It was extremely hard being away from Lily during that time but I knew that what I was doing was going to make it possible for me to watch her grow up. The surgery was successful, it was a grueling and hard recovery, but thankfully I’m still here 8 years later and cancer free.
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. I was exposed to asbestos second hand through my father’s work clothes and developed mesothelioma years later. My father worked in construction while I was growing up and unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home on his jacket- the same jacket that I would wear outside to play and feed the rabbits. The rate of second hand exposure in mesothelioma patients is rapidly growing, and sadly, asbestos is still not banned in the US!
Asbestos can still be found in older homes, schools and in the workplace. Over 30 million pounds of this deadly substance is still used each year in the United States. April 1-7 is Asbestos Awareness Week and I’ve made it my mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. I hope you’ll join me!
From awareness grows hope. Each voice could save a life.“
Learn more here and help Heather share her story.
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Red Urchin is based in London and their Organic Children Clothing is produced ethically in Europe.
The organic cotton used is grown sustainably and adheres to the Global Organic Textile Standard.GOTS certification requires agriculture that doesn’t use pesticides or synthetic fertilisers and considers the whole eco system, using natural techniques to assist plant growth, repel pests and protect and encourage wildlife habitats. Red Urchin’s organic cotton is grown in fields right next door to the manufacturing factory, for better quality control and less air miles.
Win Tickets to VegFest Bristol’s Music Festival!
Competition closes April 27th
(winner announced April 28th on The Flexitarian’s Facebook page)
About VegFest Bristol:
VegfestUK – one of Europe’s biggest and best vegan food and live music festival – are back in Bristol for the 11th year on May 23rd 24th 25th 2014 at the outdoor Amphitheatre. With 140 stalls full of mouthwatering food alongside fashion, cosmetics and bodycare, plus talks, cookery demos, workshops, films, kids’ cookery classes and live comedy during the day, and legendary punk rock band Ruts DC amongst other captivating headliners in the evenings, this mega-event is certain to attract not only veggies and healthy-eaters but dedicated food and festival lovers.
“Since our shows began back in 2003, we’ve always strived to maintain a balance between festival charm and food education, and that has proved to be very attractive for the veggie-curious, the meat reducers and ‘flexitarians’, who have been growing in leaps and bounds for the past decade,” say the organisers. “VegfestUK gives everyone a top day out while getting across the benefits of increasing their fruit, veg and grain intake and reducing their meat and dairy, in a very informal and rock-and-roll atmosphere. The best thing is: no one is under pressure to go veggie at all. People can just come down to our festivals, sample a myriad of quality, healthier plant-based substitutes for their customary sausages, doner kebabs, chicken nuggets, milkshakes and pizzas, enjoy the festival capers, then make their own dietary decisions afterwards.”
Find more more here www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk
When the lights switch off at 8.30pm on 29 March, it’s our planet’s time to shine…
Earth Hour is the world’s biggest celebration for our amazing planet, hundreds of millions of people from across the world coming together in a symbolic and spectacular light outs display.
It’s a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen, and it gives us a chance to think about the small things we can do everyday to help create a brighter future. So whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, it’s a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day.
Because turning out the lights is just the beginning….
Together we have the power to make change happen.
Sign up to WWF’s Earth Hour now. You’ll join hundreds of millions of people who care about protecting our brilliant world.
There lots happening across the country for Earth Hour 2014, find out more about some of the highlights here!
On Saturday you will be able to catch up WWF’s first ever UK Earth Hour Live on-the-night live streaming featured live switch offs from London and across the world, community events, and an exclusive acoustic performance from pop band McFly.
Browse our selection bound to please anyone questioning where their flowers are coming from and how they are grown.
Voted amongst the 50 Best UK Florists by the Independent, Tregothnan is a working estate since 1335 where traditional skills and craftsmanship still survive and thrive. The horticultural skills gleaned from generations of gardeners inspires this range of seasonal British flower bouquets. All bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate in Cornwall or sourced from local growers many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land.
Tregothnan is committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers.
This full cup non wire bra by Peau Ethique gives extra coverage. Fully lined it is ideal for for larger busts or if you like a little bit more support.
This bra offers great support so you can wear it with confidence wherever the day takes you.
Made in organic cotton; GOTS certified; low impact fiber reactive dyes certified for Oeko tex; Made in Turkey.
Make your mum smile this year with this glorious and simple bouquet from Cornwall. This pretty posy features fresh scented narcissi that are so simple, they require no arrangement – just pop them in a vase and admire their natural beauty and scent!
This glorious trug features a hand-tied pretty posy of seasonal Cornish flowers, combining two gifts in one for Mum this Mother’s Day. Using the pick of the day, no two are the same.
The medley of colours replicates the experience of strolling through Cornish fields on a sunny day, with a wealth of scents and velvet-soft textures shining through. An ideal way to say ‘thank you’ or celebrate, this summery bouquet makes a beautiful gift whatever the occasion!
Hand-tied by floral designers, this marvellous multi-coloured bouquet uses the freshest seasonal blooms and foliage. All contents are sourced from the Tregothnan estate and local growers with attention to sustainability, seasonality and the fewest “flower miles” possible.
On Special Offer This Week: Organic Cotton Bath Towels by Living Crafts
were £25.95 NOW £22.95 (offer ends March 17th)
Extra soft, snuggly and super absorbent. Treat yourself to something special! Great at home or at the spa.
Available in natural, anthracite or blackcurrant with matching Shower Towel and Hand Towel available.
Dimensions: 150 x 100cm Weight: 450 g/m²