Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lung Leavin' Day 2014- Letting go of fears

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Cameron Von St. James about joining him, his wife Heather and many others in celebrating Lung Leavin' Day 2014 .  

I was intrigued by the idea of doing something a little different than the usual autism related posts. When I read Heather's amazing story about being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma and the risky procedure that saved her life I knew I wanted to be help tell others about Heather's journey. Today we celebrate Heather's 8th year cancer free. It is the day 8 years ago she had her left lung removed- thus the name her sister-in-law coined Lung Leavin' Day!

 February 2nd is not just a day Heather and her family celebrates as being cancer free, but also a day they want to share with others to encourage them to face their fears. Every year the Von St. James family builds a fire in their backyard, and throw plates with their biggest fears written on them into the flames.  It's a tradition of letting go of fears, and celebrating life.

I have thought about what fears I'd like to toss into the fire the last few days as I anticipated writing this post.