It’s November and I’m Sharing Info and Sharing Hope

Everyone who knows me, knows I’ll post about my Southern University Jaguars and my Dallas Cowboys and random stuff in-between on Facebook. And most of you will “like” my posts unless you dislike the Cowboys or Southern University (and in that case…I still love you…maybe.)

But this month I will be posting about lung cancer awareness and if you follow me on Facebook (and/or Twitter) I would appreciate it if you would “like”, “share” or “comment”.  See, here’s the deal…awareness to me is about sharing information that will save someone’s life. Awareness is making sure I provide information so that others don’t have to go through what we went through when my mom was diagnosed. Nov1_LCAM15

Many folks still think that smoking is the ONLY way you can get lung cancer. Wrong! Just ask Janet Freeman-Daily or Tori Tomalia, non-smokers who were just living life like the rest of us. We can’t keep ignoring lung cancer or ignoring those with lung cancer. They don’t deserve the stigma or the blame. We can’t keep saying “it won’t happen to me because I don’t smoke”. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. If you are on Twitter please follow me @louisianagirl91 or just follow ‪#‎LCAM15‬, for Lung Cancer Awareness Month 15. I can’t wait to share stories about regular people of all ages who have been affected by lung cancer.

We want everyone to learn something about lung cancer (and the symptoms) and we want and demand more money for research so we don’t have to keep doing this. Without research we can’t find or create new drugs (among other things) that help those like Janet and Tori. Y’all know if mom was here she would be all over this, but she’s not. But I am so I will.

I also plan to participate in this year’s #BlogLikeCrazy challenge.  And it’s exactly what it means…blog like crazy, posting every day in November. Since I have so many stories of encouragement and hope for Lung Cancer Awareness Month, this should be easy. Right?  Right.  I hope you’ll join me in this challenge or at least share some information for #LCAM15.

Finally…We’re Getting Somewhere! I’m Feeling Optimistic!

Do ya’ll know how excited I am?  

Last week a few of us who have been affected by lung cancer participated in a lung cancer chat on Twitter (hashtag lcsm).  Despite the subject matter,  the hour-long chat was the most exhilarating, eye-opening, positive discussion I’ve participated in thus far.  It was the first Twitter chat I’ve ever ACTIVELY participated in, though I’ve been a lurker in numerous other kinds of chats.  This lung cancer chat was different because it affected ME personally.  Many Twitter chats of all subjects serve as a place for others to share knowledge and discuss current trends or events.  But this one about lung cancer hit home for me and oh how I wish this has been around when mom was first diagnosed.  But we can’t go back and change the past.  We can only look to make it better for others going through the same thing she went through.

None of us on Twitter like the fact that we have been brought together by lung cancer, but I know all of us are glad to have ‘met’ each other because now we don’t feel so alone.  At the end of the day, we all want the same things: to eliminate stigma associated with lung cancer so we can get more funding and increase research opportunities to help eradicate this disease.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

If you or someone you know has been affected by lung cancer, we encourage you to join us on Twitter by following #lcsm.  And if you don’t already have an account on Twitter, you need one!  As I tell most folks joining Twitter for the first time, your experience is only as good as the folks you follow.  It is a very necessary tool in the healthcare and cancer communities.  And if you follow #lcsm, you will ultimately discover a lot of great folks to follow on Twitter. If you’re mildly interested, check out my Twitter stream to the right of this blog; I tweet about everything from healthcare and cancer to current events.

But I’m optimistic that we’re finally getting somewhere in terms of increasing awareness.  We just want attention!

 Below are a couple of blog posts that sum up our Twitter chat from last week.

The first one is from Dr. H. Jack West, a medical oncologist and medical director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Wash.  Dr. West serves as our moderator and thank goodness for him!  He is also the President of the medical education website OncTalk, LLC and the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE).  If you’ve never visited G.R.A.C.E., I suggest finding some time to check it out as this site provides excellent comprehensive, educational resources about specific cancers.

Lung Cancer Tweet Chat – Cultivating Our Sense of an Online LC Community

This second post is a quick summary  from American Diagnostics Medical (ADM), which provides early detection of smoking-related illnesses.

Top Tweets From Inaugural #LCSM Tweet Chat