Lung Leavin’ Day 2015 (Mesothelioma Awareness)

September 26th, 2014 was Mesothelioma Awareness Day and we published one of our favorite articles of the year just two days before. You can read it here. To sum it up, Mesothelioma is a form of cancer cause by exposure to asbestos. It is extremely difficult to know if you have been exposed and those who are diagnosed typically are told they have 1-2 years left to live.

A friends of ours, Heather, has a tremendous survival story that will make even the toughest individuals feel vulnerable. At the same time, it is equally empowering and it shows you that all you can do is stand up to your fears… and CRUSH them!

February 2nd, 2015 is Lung Leavin’ Day. It marks the anniversary of when Heather had her lung removed to survive her battle with cancer. It is her tradition with those who are close to her to write their fears on plates and smash them into a fire under the night sky. We welcome you to join that initiative to stand strong, face your fears, and continue to raise awareness for not only cancer but specific forms such as Mesothelioma. 

If you can’t afford to break plates or are concerned for the environment, please click on the following link and participate through this amazingly designed page. (It’s so awesome I can’t get over it.) Type your fears onto a plate and break the plate in the fire. This is a great way to face your fears in 2015 and become the strongest you have ever been. Share this page on Facebook, Twitter, email your friends… it costs nothing and is a great activity for an even greater cause. 

And if you’re feeling extra brave, write a comment below with what you wrote on your plate and how you plan to overcome that fear. I’ll start to make it easier for you… with a short story. 

I don’t have an amazing story like Heather but I do have a fear of heights. I cannot be next to a big drop but I try every time I get the chance to overcome that fear. I go on roller coasters, fly in planes, went rock climbing in Boulder, drove on cliffs in New Zealand, went over one of the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridges, but to no luck. I still sweat watching Alex Honnold free climb in Yosemite. I’m not going to stop though, I’ve overcome all my other fears in my life (almost) and this one can only last so long. Are you making an effort to overcome your fears or are you just hiding? Fight back.

Because facing your fears and overcoming them helps you stay hungry & fit!


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