October 2, 2012
My biggest challenge has been dealing with the anxiety of leaving my sons without me. I am a single mom and my sons have no other relatives that could be in their lives if something should happen to me. Also, I was diagnosed with LC a few months after my mom passed from the same LC. My children were young and with me while I was taking care of her and we watched her waste away and die. A few months later I was diagnosed and the hardest thing was for me to tell my sons I had cancer too. They were 10 years old (I have twin boys) and I had to go to the hospital for a week, recuperate from surgery and then have chemo treatments, so I knew I would have to be honest and talk with them. It was so hard. I had no one to turn to who really understood. And then I found LUNGevity. The support from LUNGevity, has been a lifeline to me. Not only does one get emotional support, but we learn more about different protocols from each other than the doctors! Also, spends more dollars on research for a cure than other organizations. I think one of the most powerful events LUNGevity sponsors is the annual HOPE SUMMIT. There is so much emotion and support for one another. Words cannot describe what it is like to be able to be yourself, your "cancer self" for one whole weekend.
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