Thank you for visiting my LUNG FORCE HERO fundraising page! I've signed up to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by lung disease, people like my mom. I truly appreciate your support. Our collective efforts will help raise awareness and funds to protect lung health.
In September 2005, my sophomore year of college, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. I remember every single moment of that day. I felt shock, fear, incredible sadness- so many feelings in one day. But being 19 and somewhat oblivous to things, I was also very hopeful. I hadn't heard much about lung cancer. I didn't know it was the #1 cancer killer for women and men. I thought she would get sick, do some chemo/radiation and get better.
For the next three years my mom went through many treatments- chemo, radiation, surgeries... She did clinical trials, drove to Duke from Charlotte to try treatments. She was determined to beat it. I may have been naive, but I thought she would. But I knew something wasn't ok when she was in the hospital instead of being at my college graduation. In June 2008 she underwent brain surgery, the cancer had spread so much. The time after that surgery was so difficult. She didn't always know who I was, she didn't rember things, she got confused...she wasn't really herself. Despite all of her fight, she passed away that October. She was the strongest and bravest mom.
I would do anything to still have her here. I wish she was able to meet my beautiful twins. Every day I miss her and want to call her. I want to share my day with her, get her advice, eat her homemade bread, watch Gilmore Girls together, but most of all I wish I could see her be grandmama (the name she chose) to Eloise & James.
This fall my twins will go to Kindergarten. I wish she was here to hold my hand through it, here to come with me to drop them off or take them for ice cream after school. I think of all the wonderful memories I have with her and want to make them with Eloise & James. But it would be so much better if she were here too.
I want to find a cure for lung cancer. I don't want other's to go through what my family did. I hope we can raise awareness and preventative testing for lung cancer. I believe if lung cancer is caught sooner, it will be more treatable.
Your donation and participation will help support the American Lung Association's research innovation, which leads to early detection for all and better treatments that give everyone a fighting chance.
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