Against All Odds …

In the spirit of our American Independence Day celebration, I post this story. If the colonists had given up during our American Revolutionary War when the odds were against them, as they were throughout the war, we’d be bowing to a queen whose father overcame a stutter. Miracles do happen.

This email was sent to me here at my blog. I agreed to post this uplifting story. It’s about faith and not cowing to the odds wielded by an often uninformed opposition. Click on the link in the middle of the message to view Heather’s story on video. It is just over three minutes long.


I came across your blog and really identified with a lot of your writing. My name is Cameron Von St. James and I was thrown into the role of caregiver when my wife, Heather was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma, just three months after the birth of our only child. We were initially told that she could have less than 15 months to live, but she was able to defy the odds and eventually beat the cancer. During her treatment, I had to learn quickly to be an effective caregiver, and there were many times when I became overwhelmed and beaten down by the role, but we managed to fight through it together. We recently participated in a short video about my wife’s cancer experience, which we hope to use to raise awareness and support for people fighting illness, and the caregivers who fight alongside them. Here is the link to the video:

I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing this video on your blog? This Sunday is Cancer Survivors Day, and I was hoping that you might help us share our message of hope in honor of the holiday to help spread awareness for this awful cancer. I know that cancer isn’t necessarily the focus of your blog, but a positive, uplifting story about overcoming an illness can be a huge help to any sort of caregiver when they’re feeling down! I’d love to share this message with your readers who might take something away from it, if you’ll allow it. Please take a moment to watch our video, and let me know if you think it’s something you’d be interested in sharing on your blog.

Thanks so much for your help!

8 Responses to Against All Odds …

  1. Susan Scott says:

    sadly the video didn’t load in spite of my trying a few times. but bravo heather for defying the odds and to your husband for walking alongside you and being your right and left hand. may your family be blessed with ongoing good health. and all kudos to your marvellous wondrous doctor.
    thank you samantha for posting this heart warming and inspiring story of life – and its challenges.

  2. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Heather is one strong, determined woman. She definitely is the perfect example of positive thinking. I shared her story.

  3. Val Rainey says:

    Yes, it was a miracle that the Queen Mom was able to help her extremely shy husband overcome his stuttering.
    The bow is only a courtesy and tradition and Her Majesty is more of a figurehead now and no longer rules as a traditional monarch.

    • sammozart says:

      Yes, that’s a great story, Val, about the Queen Mom and Edward VI. Last night I watched a documentary Prince Charles did for his mum’s diamond jubilee. I remember when Edward died and Elizabeth’s coronation — I watched the ceremony on TV. And I was saddened by Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in 1979. I loved this tribute Prince Charles did; he was so personable, and it was very touching. I felt like I was sitting next to him watching old family films. So cool. I think I will write a blog post about it.

    • sammozart says:

      George. I meant George VI, not Edward. I guess my confusion arises from my beheading after being married to Henry VIII, where I was the little known Wife VII.

  4. Robert says:

    Great message of determination and hope.

    Now if we could defer some of the stuttering queens that are trying to control us today…

    Miraculously not bowing with determination,