My Mom has been fighting Lung Cancer for almost 3 years now and because she is my mom, sister and best friend rolled into one it has been very difficult for me. LCA always keeps me informed as a member what is going on in the US concerning the fight against lung cancer and I also feel encouraged by reading stories from other members and stories posted by the LCA myself. I have gotten quite a few people to join as well because I feel so strongly about this organization. They are helping so many people fighting this awful, awful disease and also helping the families as well.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in Dec 07.Still here!!Not just here, I am enjoying my new life.Due to the new targeted therapy drug Tarceva I have a great quality of life while i continue to fight.I will beat this for my sons.I really am the luckiest cancer patient i know!I wish everyone could live their life like i am without the diagnosis.The worse thing about cancer to me is making sure insurance knows i will question all mistakes.Fighting insurance along with ca is my new full time job!I would love to be someone that could help when you are down.We all have those days.I live for results every three months.Every three months is a gift....
I learned about the LCA after my mother's death from lung cancer. Their support and encouragement immediately after my mother's death and now, two years later, has been unwavering. The LCA has placed a face next to the words: "lung cancer." Through its advocacy work and education, the LCA continues to fight for research funding and is a strong voice against the stigma associated with this disease. I have volunteered for the LCA by doing some translation work and by helping declare November as "Lung Cancer Awareness Month" in two states. The LCA also stays abreast of new legislation and makes this information available to the public. I know that many people benefit from the work done by the LCA. I am sure my mother would be proud.
My experience with Lung Cancer Alliance has been so positive. I lost my sister to Lung Cancer five years ago. I contacted them and they were so informative, encouraging and warm. The staff is dedicated to do whatever possible to prevent our family and friends and future generations from deadly outcomes from this horrible disease. The staff and volunteers leave no stone unturned.
Besides lobbying for increased research and attention to lung cancer, LCA makes a point of confronting the terrible stigma attached to lung cancer (given its association with smoking in the mind of most people. Of course, not even smokers "deserve" lung cancer, but plenty of non-smokers, such as my sister who died of lung cancer in August 2008 and who never smoked, suffer not just the illness itself but also the attached stigma. This reminds me very much of the early days of AIDS when this terrible sense of guilt and debate over "innocent" victims as opposed to those who were thought somehow to be "deserving" of their illness. LCA is a powerful voice against this kind of ignorance.
Thank goodness for the LCA. Not only is this organization dedicated to those who are suffering from the horrible disease...and their family, they advocate on their behalf. Keep up the hard work!
I'm really glad the LC is on Facebook of all things. It really brings us all together..people whose loved ones had cancer..and possibly people who have this awful disease.
Bravo to the Lung Cancer Alliance for all the good work they are doing on behalf of lung cancer survivors and their families.