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?
Ok, look I get it. Cancer is depressing. And no one really wants to talk about cancer (whether it’s lung cancer or pediatric cancer or colon cancer). Everyone likes happy pictures and happy events and fun and laughter; not real life situations. Yeah, sure, folks will ‘like’ pictures of kids getting their wishes fulfilled and they’ll ask the obligatory ‘how are you feeling’ questions if you were just diagnosed. But honestly, all of that is on the surface. Most people think that if it’s not happening to them or their families, eh, no big deal. I know I’m probably over-simplifying this and I KNOW that there are some people who are really sympathetic. But how many of you are really taking the time to learn about lung cancer (or any other cancer) and understand the symptoms? You do know that you don’t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer right??
Listen, all I want you all to do is remember that if you need information or if you want to understand more about lung cancer, I’m here. All I’m doing is sharing the information that I wish I had known when mom was first diagnosed. Wooooooo, Lord knows I could have used some advice from others who had also gone through the diagnosis of lung cancer. I’m telling you that you will view life totally different AFTER you see it from the eyes of a cancer patient. It changes you. So I’m asking you now, take five minutes to learn just one fact about lung cancer. I’m not asking you to give money right now (even though that helps). Just simply read and share an article about a cancer patient or retweet some information about new advances in cancer research. It doesn’t cost you anything.
You never know who you might help in the process. And we’re all here to help someone else right? Take some time to show that you care.
*Special thanks to the Dusty Joy Foundation for these awesome graphics.