Tuesday, April 01, 2014

01:04:14 Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

Today marks the beginning of Asbestos Awareness Week. As a nurse I come into contact with people who are suffering from Asbestos related disease. These patients are normally elderly and have developed their symptoms in the last few years of their lives. This is usually many, many years after they actually had contact with the asbestos. What I didn't realise was the number of  young people who are currently being diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses.

If you click on this link you will be able to watch the story of Heather Von St James.

It shows a different story to the one I have seen here in Australia. I sat and watched it with my kids one night last week. We were all touched by this mother's story and the efforts she is going to to spread awareness on how we can be educated and protected from this preventable disease. She's not asking you for money just a few minutes of your time to read about how asbestos has affected her life and that of her family. I am proud today to use my blog as a platform to help share her simple message. And to thank God for the health that I have and sometimes take for granted.

Thank you Heather.

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