Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Guest Post About Mesothelioma

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Doug Karr, a former USN Petty Officer who currently writes about veteran's health for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
He wanted to spread the word about the dangers of Mesothelioma and I am proud to share his information right here....if you have any questions on this post, please contact Doug Karr @

Historic Buildings, Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Veterans and people working to restore historic buildings have something in common: asbestos and mesothelioma. Both of these groups were exposed to asbestos while working on the job. Veterans were exposed to asbestos during the Vietnam War, World War II and Korean War. Most veterans were exposed on the naval shipyards, domestic bases, aircrafts or on naval ships. Most restorers inhaled asbestos while replacing walls, electrical wiring, piping and insulation in historic buildings. Protecting the country and its history is important, but is it worth living with mesothelioma if it is avoidable?

What is Asbestos and What is Its Role in Mesothelioma Development?
Asbestos is a mineral often used in insulation and other aspects of building because of its fire-resistant properties. When left alone, asbestos is highly effective at resisting fire and heat. When inhaled, the tiny mineral becomes lodged in the body’s tissue lining. Since the body cannot metabolize asbestos, it becomes a permanent fixture in the body’s tissue.

As long as the immune system is able to fight in the area where the mineral is lodged, cancer does not develop. Cancer develops when the immune system cannot maintain a healthy environment around the mineral, and the area becomes toxic. A person exposed to asbestos may not develop mesothelioma for 10 to 50 years because it depends on how the body reacts to the foreign substance.

Once a patient is diagnosed, he or she may have a prognosis of approximately eight to eighteen months if the cancer cannot be removed. This does not give a patient enough time to plan for end-of-life. Luckily, for most people, mesothelioma does not develop until they are between 50 and 70 years of age. Many people have lived a fulfilling life up until this point, but that still does not lessen the gravity of this disease.

How Should Asbestos Be Handled?
People who are preserving historical buildings will encounter asbestos. If the mineral is present in a renovation, the project becomes very expensive. A recent historic Rochester building was halted due to the presence of asbestos. In order to remove the asbestos, $2 million is needed. When in the presence of asbestos, aspirators are required, goggles are required and other protective other wear is required. The material must be contained to prevent asbestos from becoming airborne, and workers must ensure that the mineral is removed from their bodies before going home after working with asbestos.

Though historical buildings are an important part of the American culture, asbestos has made these buildings less attractive. People do not want to risk developing mesothelioma after an asbestos exposure. Buildings made after the 1980s do not, for the most part, put construction workers at risk for asbestos exposure. Thus, most people are safe in construction jobs today.

Mesothelioma and Historic Buildings
If a construction worker was exposed to asbestos while working on the job, he or she may be entitled to a cash settlement. Contact a physician and an attorney for more information about asbestos exposure while working on the job. If the employer was negligent, a settlement may be owed. Try to get help as soon as possible to improve your quality of life and general well being.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #36

See You At The Pole at the boys elementary school yesterday morning.

See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.

See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

I am so thankful that my kids are growing up in a community where this is allowed to happen without any negative backlash!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Black & White Wednesday

Boone's Mill, Va

The boys won their 5th football game last night. Now we are 5/1. One step closer to the Superbowl! Awesome game. All the boys were on fire. My own little Braden made a super interception. He's been walking on air since :) Heading out early this morning to take the boys to school for See You At The Pole's gonna be chilly out there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

My boy's football team, the Botetourt Panthers, warming up for their game at James River High School. We've been on the same team for the past 3 or 4 years. This was last fall. I've shown the barn up closer right here. We'll be there again in a week or so for another game, and more barn pictures ;)

Linking up with Barn Charm!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday Best on Monday #4

The Gay Dolphin Gift Shop, along the strip @ Myrtle Beach, SC....isn't that a neat sign?!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Fences

While picking up the boys from their friend's house recently I noticed that Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is ready for fall! Tomorrow marks the first day of Autumn :)

Have a great weekend!

Linking with Friday Fences

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #35

(taken from Food Lion's parking lot)

This is the Daleville Town Center located in Daleville of course ;) They have been working on this since we moved here in 2008. It's supposed to be a whole neighborhood, where you can live and shop and not have to drive. Over on the other side, you can't see from the picture is the housing. I don't know how many houses they've completed but the last time I drove through there were only a handful. And I'm not even sure if any of those have sold yet. There is one shop in the Town Center I like called The Willow Pod which is a neat little gift shop. Other than that, there isn't much else except a light store and an urgent care. Maybe it's just me but I don't see this as being an all inclusive neighborhood. The architecture is pretty though and they do make good use of the field by holding outdoor concerts and this weekend is the Biscuit Bash and all proceeds will go to help abused and neglected animals.

Last night the boys had their 4th football game and their 4th win! It was a great game. They all played so well!

I finished reading Water For Elephants last night. Loved it. I know, I'm late reading it and watched the movie first and since it's a favorite of mine, I decided I must read the book that got it all started. What a great book. It made me a little sad when they would flash to 93 year old Jacob. I realize how quickly time flies and I really felt a bit melancholy over that fact while reading the older Jacob parts. Then there is beautiful Rosie. Reading the book has made me want to read more about elephants. What smart creatures they are! When we first moved here, Nick had gotten tickets to the circus. We had a fun time but I remember when the elephants came walking past us, one looked like she was crying. I swear that I saw a tear on her cheek. I have always remembered that look in her eye and that tear as she walked past us. Actually, I even blogged about it right here ...

And back to the book...don't you just hate when you finish a book that you loved? I'm going to miss Jacob, Marlena and Rosie....

Check out more from Rural Thursday's Blog Hop, it's fun!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Black & White Wednesday

Salem, Va

A couple of weeks ago we went to Olde Salem Days after the boy's football game. We weren't there much more than an hour when a storm blew through, blowing display tents over and having to shut the event down. This was my view from the beer garden which was actually the safest tent to be under :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Troutville, Va

I didn't like this picture at all but it was my only barn left so I played with it using the "Heat Map" effect. I like that one, makes fun photos.

We are getting rain in biblical amounts today. Started yesterday but now it's really coming down in buckets. Today is supposed to be full of thunderstorms and heavy rain. Football practice was cancelled yesterday because of the rain, supposed to practice tonight instead but I'm thinking that's not going to happen...

Visit Barn Charm to see barns from all over :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Fences

Another from Woodpecker Ridge in Troutville.

Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend? I don't know what we're doing. I would like to go somewhere though. The boys have a football game tomorrow morning. Today is my anniversary. I've been married 27 years! Wow, that's just crazy. I don't feel old enough to be able to say that!

Have a great weekend!

Linking with Friday Fences

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #34

A bench in a garden @ Woodpecker Ridge, Troutville

Last night the boys had their 2nd football game of the season. They won! 8-0. They also won their first game last Saturday, 6-0. It's fun to win :)

Have you heard about Postcrossing? You send a postcard out to a random person somewhere in the world and get one back. I had heard about this a few years ago and it sounded fun but I never actually signed up. Somewhere in my blog hops over the past week I saw a blog about the postcards this one blogger had received so I went to Postcrossing and signed up and requested the 5 addresses that a new Postcrosser can get. I then went to Snapfish and made up some postcards of some of my images. The people I have been assigned to send postcards to live in Russia, Belarus, Netherlands, Germany and Taiwan. Once the recipients mark that their postcards have been received, I then get to be on the receiving end of postcards. Doesn't that sound fun?! I love getting real mail in the mailbox!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Troutville, Va

Pulled this out of the old archives obviously. This was taken in February. Not looking forward to cold weather! To see barns from all over, visit Barn Charm!

And because it's the anniversary and nobody should ever forget.. 9/11 Memorial

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday Best on Monday #2

The weather was too nice yesterday to keep us in so we headed over to Woodpecker Ridge in Troutville to have a little walk around. Isn't it really starting to feel like fall?!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #33

Boone's Mill, Franklin Co

Forgot to get my coffee ready last night before bed...I woke up stumbling my way to the coffee pot, only to find it empty...not a great start to the day, blah!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Black & White Wednesday

Buchanan, Va

Last night my daughter was telling me that a school mate of hers that graduated this year was very badly injured over the weekend. He was riding a train car that was carrying tons of flat steel when the steel shifted, crushing this young man and his dog. His dog was killed and he was pinned for over 8 hours. Dr's had to amputate his foot to free him and he may lose his other leg. His mother has set up a foundation to help pay for his medical expenses.

I am going to link to the foundation if anyone would like to help out.

The David Frame Foundation

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Drive by in Buchanan, Va

To see more barns from all over, visit Barn Charm...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Theme Day - People Watching

While visiting Myrtle Beach a couple of weeks back, Nick and I were sitting in our chairs watching this big group of guys get lined up for pictures. That's my oldest son Christian sneaking into the picture...

Last official weekend of summer here in the US...enjoy!!

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