Today is an important day.
Firstly, and most importantly, it is 'Lung Leavin' Day'. Lung Leavin' Day is a special day for an inspirational lady, Heather Von St. James. Nine years ago Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and was given only fifteen months to live. At 36, she was just a new mother and made it her mission to be the longest Mesothelioma survivor out there. After life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, Lung Leavin' Day was born.
Each year, Heather and her family and friends gather around a fire in her garden. They write their biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire.
Heather's story is so inspiring. She didn't let her diagnosis affect her time with her family, her new little one. Even when she was given only fifteen months to live- she did not let that stop her from living every single moment and appreciating life. I can imagine it to be so easy to just stop and give up and it could take alot to be convinced that it's worth fighting for... but Heather is living proof that giving up is out of the question! Positivity, motivation and fight is all you need sometimes.
For more information on Mesothelioma and Heather's touching story, visit her page here.
To share your fears and smash a few plates visit her page here.
I myself am currently sitting in a hospital bed as you read this. I am having a small operation today (don't worry nothing serious). I was (and still am) quite nervous about it and tried numerous times to opt out of it but decided I really did need to see this through. The thing is I am never ill, I rarely even have my bloods taken! So you can understand my reasons for being a scaredy cat. However, Heather's inspiring story makes this whole situation appear like a small crumb compared to hers. So I seem even more silly (I am now off to throw my fears into the fire via Heather's website!).
The point is... you never know what's going to happen but why spend your time worrying about something that is not worth worrying about. Why give up the fight when you are going to win the whole battle. Why cry when you can smile!
Have a beautiful day everyone and please be sure to visit Heather's pages and smash a plate or two.