It’s Always a Good Time for “Spring Cleaning”! ~ Guest Post

Seasonal Cleaning Tips ~ Sarah Wallace

Even though Spring has passed, and Summer is upon us, it’s still very beneficial to do some “Spring Cleaning”…or really any season cleaning. The health benefits that come from a clean home are well worth the hours of work put in. It’s a smart idea to get yourself prepped before you begin your cleaning. The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center has came up with a few great ideas for preperation, as well as a lost of places to keep in mind while your cleaning routine is in process.

First, get yourself ready with the following:

  • Music: Get yourself pumped up with some great music.
  • Empty house: less people = less distractions.
  • Fresh air: Open up the windows and home there’s a nice breeze!

Next, make a list of the often forgotten, must-clean areas in your house:

  • Under furniture
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heat ducts
  • Behind the toilet
  • Window tracks

I’d also take note of the potential dangers in your home:

  • Cleaning supplies: Keep an eye open for any chemical spills or leaks, particularly underneath the sink or wherever you might store your cleaning products. Also, try to use homemade, organic or natural cleaners to avoid harmful toxins that are often times found in cleaning solutions.
  • Asbestos: It is common for homes built before 1970 to contain asbestos, a fiber that becomes very dangerous when airborne, and can cause a rare cancer called mesothelioma. Common areas for this insulation within ceilings and walls, lining around piping, vinyl floor tiles and exterior roofing and siding. If any of these areas are damaged and you suspect asbestos may be present it is important to contact a professional asbestos abatement company.

Once your cleaning is done you can begin to reap the benefits! Not only is cleaning good for your physical health but mental health as well:

  • Less germs, bacteria and allergens
  • Lowers stress and improves overall mental state
  • Safer home with less clutter and harmful toxins

Hopefully these tips help as you get into your cleaning process. Even if it’s not “Spring” cleaning per say, it’s really helpful to do seasonal home cleanouts to keep your home clean, safe and healthy.

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Sarah Wallace is the Sr. Communications Specialist | MAAC
Find out more about MAAC www.maacenter.org

 

 

 

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Mesothelioma Survival – Resources for Patients and Families

Almost daily I read stories about people who got cancer from their environment and/or the foods they were eating. Often times these patients have no idea that the environment where they live or work contains cancer causing chemicals.

BS

Sure, the law requires Prop 65 signs be posted in public places, warning us that “something” in that area can cause cancer, but they never say exactly what. So what good does that silly sign do? I’ll tell you what…nothing! It’s a big game of smoke and mirrors. For example: Asbestos was been making people sick for decades before something was done about it. Since it takes just as long for the symptoms to manifest, people are still getting sick. According to the Mesothelioma website:

“… Individuals who worked in industries that used asbestos as insulation are most vulnerable. Anyone who worked with asbestos while removing it, installing it or as it was used for insulation may be at risk. This mainly includes shipbuilders, steel workers, military veterans, automotive industry workers and construction workers but can involve others as well…”

You can bet none of those people knew they would get sick from just going to work and trying to make a living. Getting a cancer diagnosis (no matter what kind) is a life altering event. There is so much to do and think about…and trying to find help while going through treatment is nearly impossible. This is one of the main reasons I write this blog…to help you find help. When I was sick, my family got the run around by government agencies that were supposed to be there to help us. It’s disgusting if you ask me, since our government should be looking out for us before we get sick…like having these cancer causing chemicals “independently” tested before they are used in public.

Luckily, there is an organization that provides help for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or some other asbestos-related disease. Someone from Mesothelioma Survival contacted me and asked if their organization could be added to my Helpful Resource section. I am more than happy to do that. I also found out that May is Mesothelioma Awareness Month. So if you have been recently diagnosed or know someone who has, please go to their website and share their information. We have to depend on each other because the ones who we elect to “protect” us certainly won’t do it.

Be well and stay informed!
Inge

Heather’s Story

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I was contacted via email from a woman who found my blog on the Internet; she is a mesothelioma survivor and here is her story:

My name is Heather and I am a wife, mother, and a mesothelioma survivor. When      my daughter was 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with this rare and deadly cancer, and given 15 months to live. Despite my grim prognosis, I knew that I needed to beat the odds for my newborn daughter, Lily. It’s been 7 years now and I feel that it’s my duty to pay it forward by inspiring others. I want to use my personal story to help raise awareness of this little known cancer, and to provide a sense of hope for others facing life’s difficult challenges

September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Heather has a Face Book page.  Her goal is to reach 7,000 new “likes” to raise awareness. Please visit her page or if you prefer, you can check out her website here. It is full of valuable information.

There are so many cancers out there these days and only a handful get any real media attention. I think it’s up to each of us to take advantage of social media and spread the word ourselves.

The purpose of my blog is to encourage others and maybe inspire them to start their own blogs; sharing their stories and how they either beat cancer or live (thrive) with it. Anyone is welcome to contact me with ideas or share their own stories.

Heather’s story is also another reminder that doctors are doctors and not fortune tellers. I have yet to meet someone with an expiration date stamped on their foot.

Meanwhile, please support Heather and help get the word out…

Happiness and Health!

Inge