I just need five minutes of your time. Read about Lysa Buonanno. She was diagnosed four years ago with Stage IV lung cancer. Right now she is on a targeted therapy drug, which means that drug is specific to her type of cancer (without going into a lot of details). This drug was made possible through research (money$$), clinical trials (money$$) and more research (more money$$). When you hear people talking about raising MONEY for research for any disease, not just lung cancer, it’s to help others live longer, more productive lives. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Let me tell y’all about this woman right here. Deana Hendrickson came into my life at a time when I was so consumed by grief I couldn’t see straight. I was hanging out on Twitter, trying to find some answers about lung cancer and trying to figure out how this happened and trying to figure out what to do next. Deana was angry, just like me. Angry that lung cancer had just taken her mom. But Deana was angry enough to do something about it. My intro to lung cancer advocacy was no accident. It was because of my sister Deana that I became an advocate. I had a voice, but no where to share it until she asked me if I would be interested in working with her and Janet Freeman-Daily and two doctors (Dr. David Tom Cooke and Dr. H. Jack West) as they try to navigate this social media ‘thing’. Deana created a movement on Twitter for lung cancer patients and caregivers. I love her deeply. And oh, yea, we’ve never met in person, but not a week has gone by in two years that we’ve not communicated. The power of social media and the love of our mothers. It’s something fierce.
Read about Deana in “Profiles In Lung Cancer” for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.