Tiffany’s StoryDecember 2019
Earlier this year I started a marketing communications internship with Reflections. As I am studying mass communications at University, I believed that this opportunity would be one I couldn’t pass up as I’d be able to learn so much and be able to get involved. I had never heard of mesothelioma, let alone know how to pronounce it.
I’ve been coming along to the support group monthly meetings at Solaris Cancer Care and have met so many lovely, positive and strong individuals. I have been humbled listening to everyone’s stories and their new outlook on life. Life is truly precious, and you’ve got to make every day count. Solaris has amazing facilities and their support is endless.
After starting with Reflections and learning all about mesothelioma, I later discovered that a close family friend of mine, that has been like a Grandma to me growing up, has meso. It’s honestly heartbreaking, especially knowing there is nothing you can do. What’s worse is that so many had no idea asbestos could cause such harm and now so many have been exposed and potentially affected. With this comes a lot of anger as it could have so easily been avoided.
I want to help share people’s stories to create awareness and educate those like me before I knew what mesothelioma was. If everyone understands the risks and harm asbestos can have, the less exposure there will be and hopefully one day it will be a world without mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. But, considering that isn’t the case yet, I want to help Reflections fund research and education, so we can work towards that outcome, and support those suffering.
If you would like to know more about the work Reflections is doing in reducing the impact of asbestos on the community, send us an email and one of our team will get back to you.