Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbon
November also brings awareness for Lung Cancer. Vanessa’s grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in August 2012. She has completed the first stage of her chemotherapy and is fighting with courage and vigor. She will begin the second stage after the Thanksgiving holiday. We pray and send positive thoughts to Vanessa’s grandmother and her family.
In 2005, we lost my mother-in-law to small cell lung cancer. It was a devastating loss for our family. Yesterday was the anniversary of her passing. She is extremely missed and very loved. This was our first encounter with cancer and chemotherapy and the fight to live. We found Love certainly does NOT end with death. My mother-in-law was a wonderful, loving grandmother to her grandchildren (4 boys & 1 girl). Her grandchildren were her babies and the smiles, kisses and love, she would bestow on them were reserved just for them. Even my Bryan, who knew Mama for just 6 months is lucky to have felt her deep, tender love. After a courageous 5 year battle, I still clearly remember the horrible night she passed. My mother-in-law was the original creative lady, before Pinterest was even imagined. She taught me many things, my mother-in-law, who was proud and brave, sweet and funny, shy until she got to know you. She loved fiercely yet quietly and was my first lesson that strength can often be quiet and steady. I miss her a lot and wish we had more time with Mama, as she was taken too soon from us.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month and to become aware, we need to increase public understanding of the disease, its prevalence and approaches to screening and prevention. We also need to raise awareness all year long for Lung Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer to advocate for our loved ones who are currently battling these diseases. My mission is simply to help bring attention to the various cancers, get people talking and raise money for research to find CURES!
When famous people become advocates for awareness, we can reach vast audiences. NFL Veteran Chris Draft has recently become an advocate for Lung Cancer Awareness because his life was deeply impacted when his wife died of lung cancer at the age of 38 last year, just 1 month after their wedding. Everyone should know the disturbing facts about lung cancer that it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and melanoma skin cancer combined. That it’s most often diagnosed in stage IV, when the cancer has already spread and is hard to treat. And that every year, 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer even though they have never smoked. For the full article, please click on this link.
Please keep the cancer warriors and the victims in your thoughts, prayers and conversations. By raising awareness, we can campaign for a cure. Finding a cure for all cancers need to be a priority for everyone, even before your family is entrenched in the battle.