I made a new friend. Her name is Heather. She’s a mom, a wife, a WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion follower, and a cancer survivor. When Heather shared her story with me, I immediately kicked my own ass for being a Debbie Downer. I had been wallowing in self pity because work is busy and I think my son is getting sick (again…), and I swear these teeth whitening toothpastes are a huge crock. Anyway, I believe that everything happens for a reason (coffee is the reason for the teeth. Sigh.) and there is certainly a reason why Heather and I have come together here in cyberspace. She is going to help us crush our fears.
Here’s an excerpt from Heather’s e-mail:
When (my daughter) was just 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which kills 90-95% of those who have it. After intense treatment and a long recovery, almost 7 years later I’m still here and cancer free! My journey through cancer was quite a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my struggles and obstacles into inspiration and hope for others. One of many things that came out of my battle with cancer is a holiday I created called Lungleavin Day. (February 2) is the anniversary of my surgery in which my entire left lung was removed. Lungleavin Day is a celebration of life and facing your fears. Each year we celebrate with nearly 100 loved ones. The idea of this day is for everyone to fill a blank plate with their fears and smash it into a bonfire at my Lungleavin Day party, symbolizing people throwing their fears to the fire. I also use Lungleavin day as a fundraiser for mesothelioma research.
Heather’s strength, sense of humor (Lungleavin Day–genius!!), and willingness to bare her soul make her a true inspiration to everyone, not just those struggling with disease or illness. I have quite a few fears that I’d like to smash into a thousand pieces, and I can’t think of a better way to ignore a day dedicated to an over-sized rat than by replacing it with a day dedicated to survival.
So, let’s do it! Throw a plate, smash a plate, burn a plate–do whatever it takes to sweep your fears aside and live life. If Heather can do it, what’s stopping us? Yellow teeth?