Thursday, November 12, 2015

Take a Deep Breath It's November!

First, I cannot believe that I am writing my 777th post! I think it must be a lucky post with those numbers, right? 
 Did you know that November is Lung Cancer awareness month? Breathing is something we take for granted everyday.  I have had several losses due to lung cancer in my family from my Great Grandfather to my husband's Aunt. I also was recently made aware of a lung cancer survivor who's story is heart felt and full of loss and hope.  That someone is Heather Von St. James.
Heather as a little girl grew up in a house where her father worked hard doing drywall construction. Unbeknownst to Heather's father, he was bringing home asbestos and filling his then young daughter's lungs full of it.  Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma when her daughter was just 3 months old. She was told she only had 15 months to live but has surpassed that diagnosis by about 10 years.  She is currently trying to advocate for others stricken with the disease and lobbying Washington to ban asbestos in this country.  I truly think her story is worth reading and sharing so that we can help prevent lung cancer and put a stop to the use of asbestos. Please go HERE to read this amazing story.
In honor of Heather I have chosen to feature rooms that make one want to sit down and take a deep breath! Let's all be grateful for the breath we take.  For information about this disease go HERE.
I absolutely loved a statement by Heather, "Whatever doesn't kill me, had better start running!" Cheers to that! Good luck Heather on your quest to continued health and helping others like yourself.

Of course I had to start with Tina's fabulous space at The Enchanted Home!

Bloglovin- Ashley Campbell Interiors!


  1. What a tragic story! But how inspiring that she continues to fight and fight well. Beautiful rooms!

  2. Karolyn thank you for this sad, yet heart-warming story and these wonderful images to sooth us!

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  3. Your post today is very meaningful and yes tragic. Heather's story is inspirational and thank you for sharing it. She is a beautiful and strongly passionate woman and her story needs to be shouted from the roof top.

  4. Karolyn, what a heartbreaking and inspiring story!

    Thanks for sharing this story and these beautiful and inspiring images.

  5. Such a beautiful way to honor Heather. My mom passed away from a lung disease. Thank you for sharing a link to her story.

    1. Oh Brandi I am so sorry, I will think of you Mom during this month too!

  6. Wow what a sad and tragic but so inspiring that she is working as an advocate. Love her statement, and no doubt this experience has given her strength she probably didn't know she had. Life has a funny way of proving what we really can handle...often way more than we think. Thank you for including my home on this post of beautiful spaces that make me want to curl up with a few mags and a cup of something warm and soothing:)

  7. What a sad story but so inspiring that she is doing something positive with it. I admire her strength.


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