Guest Article: 8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma

I was contacted by Emily Walsh, the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance who asked me to share an article she wrote regarding mesothelioma with all of my readers, especially those in the military community. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 please read this article and check out the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance website. This website is full of resources that can help educate us about this disease and help those who are living with it. The reason I choose to share this article and the reason I think it is imperative for our community to educate ourselves about mesothelioma is the fact that those in the military are at high risk for this disease due to exposure to asbestos. In her article, Emily explains 8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma. Please take a few minutes today to read this article and arm yourself with knowledge.

Here is a preview from the article:

Mesothelioma — a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do  you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness.  In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8  things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to  saving lives starts with education.  -Emily Walsh

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I love you all and appreciate every single reader. I know many people who have fought different cancers. It is a devastating disease. Early detection can help transform a cancer warrior into a cancer survivor. This is important. Share this article because as Emily says, “The key to saving lives starts with education.”

If you have any questions, comments or thoughts, feel free to share them on my blog in the comments section as well as the comments section of article.


Healing is contagious… once inspired, anything is possible!

Team Inspiration is a nonprofit organization that provides online and community-based resources to promote the healing process and foster a better quality of life for persons living with illness. It is our belief that we should help and inspire one another in our life journey, especially when faced with challenging circumstances. In addition, TEAM INSPIRATION will work in partnership with other nonprofits who share similar missions such as the American Cancer Society, the Livestrong Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

When you click on the Team Inspiration home page their mission statement is the first thing you see. Team Inspiration is a foundation started by my Aunt Roseann, my dad’s sister, an amazing aunt and a pretty phenomenal triathlete as well.  Her dear friend, Kristen, a fellow triathlete, was diagnosed with cancer about ten years ago and Roseann became her caregiver.  Roseann and Kristen spent two and a half years on a journey together while Kristen was fighting cancer through treatments and ultimately beating it to become a survivor today.  During the treatments and sickness, they learned that beating the disease was not the end of the journey. Healing and recovering were also a huge part.  The mission of Team Inspiration is to help those with cancer, cancer survivors and families on a journey of hope and healing.   Aunt Roseann is now an oncology nurse at University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Healing is much more in addition to medicine and our mission is to help those who need healing explore their needs and deliver resources that serve to heal body, mind, and spirit. This includes exercise, and alternative modalities such as meditation and yoga.

She has so inspired her patients and her co-workers that they even wrote an article about her journey and Team Inspiration.  It’s an amazing article, especially for a family member to read because it’s uplifting to hear that not only has she touched the lives of our family but so many others as well.

That’s a great story, you say?  Yes, I think it is too. Now you are wondering why I am writing about this. Well, let me tell you.

When I was in the tenth grade, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He was forty-five years old.  My mom along with my Aunt Roseann helped him get through all of the chemotherapy, radiation and heart break.  I know that for a man who took pride in taking care of his family, it was difficult to become so vulnerable.  My dad passed away two years later from complications due to the cancer.  I was 17 years old.

Team Inspiration to me is hope. Everyone can come together and support one another whether we are fighting cancer,  survivors, family members, friends or anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

In August, I will be running a 5k as part of a Team Inspiration relay team in the Iron Girl triathlon.  This is my first race and I will need all the support I can get.  I have also been asked to work with Team Inspiration as a writer and editor (yay!) to write the stories of cancer patients, survivors and members of Team Inspiration.

Please show your support by spreading the word about Team Inspiration! We can all heal together. Together, we can do anything.

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xo Aly