Janelle Bedel and the Power That This Wonder Woman Possesses

June 5, 2013  |  Mesothelioma

The wonder woman symbol represents an iconic female hero capable of defying feats outside the reach of the common man and woman. It’s a symbol that represents strength, will power and, most of all, bravery. A true Wonder Woman serves as inspiration and provides the world with an example of courage in the face of peril. Janelle Bedel’s battle with mesothelioma represents the epitome of a Wonder Woman, so it is only fitting the superhero symbol has become synonymous with Janelle and her fight against mesothelioma.

Six years ago, at 31 years of age, Janelle was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive and debilitating cancer. The wife and mother of a then 4-year-old son recalled how she went from being healthy to fighting for her life within a matter of weeks in her “Share Your Story” submission to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Although her battle has been tough, Janelle has embraced her role as an advocate for mesothelioma patients across the world.

“Even though this disease is awful, I feel it was my purpose in life…to be able to reach out and touch and change people’s lives,” said Janelle. “I believe that with prayer and with God anything is possible and that one person can make a difference.”

While battling the disease, Janelle happened upon a Wonder Woman T-shirt that came from a local thrift shop. The symbol of strength resonated within her and Janelle quickly adopted the Wonder Woman persona as her own. It wasn’t long before she became a hero for many others as well.

Despite her struggle, Janelle tirelessly worked to make a difference by raising awareness for mesothelioma patients and advocating for a ban on asbestos. She organized a Miles for Meso run/walk fundraiser in her town of Rushville, Indiana. The townspeople rallied behind their homespun superhero and on May 19th, 2013, hundreds of people gathered to donate goods and services and pledge their support for Janelle as well as every other person battling mesothelioma. In fact, Janelle has garnered so much support in her local community that the mayor of Rushville officially recognized June 6th as Janelle Bedel “Wonder Woman” Day as well as September 26th as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Now, Janelle’s super powers are being felt across the globe. After Janelle shared that she would be entering hospice services, Facebook users from around the world have shown their support by changing their profile pictures to Janelle’s signature Wonder Woman logo. This measure of unity and support is a reflection of a woman who truly showed no fear in her fight against mesothelioma.

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is in awe of Janelle Bedel’s display of courage, resilience and strength. The law firm would is honored to join in the Facebook movement to show our support and would like to encourage everyone to do the same. It is in unity that we show our strength in the fight against asbestos disease while honoring Janelle and her heroic efforts in the fight against mesothelioma.

For more on how you can support Janelle and join in the fight against mesothelioma, visit here.

For more on the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd, visit here.

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