Category Archives: Mom Updates

My Final Goodbye to Mom: “Heavenly Hair. A Voice. A Difference.”

Mom and Me

      My Mom, Leslie Lehrman, passed away on December 5th, 2012, after a six year valiant battle with lung cancer. As I mention in my eulogy below, Mom and I became partners in lung cancer crime three years ago – making a pact to publicly chronicle her journey with lung cancer through a…

Why My Mom’s Cancer Story is Different…and How it Impacts YOU.

I was very nervous about my trip to Chicago. A good friend was getting married, tickets were purchased and some down time with friends was greatly needed. So, I went. A few days earlier, I just got back from seeing my Mom, Leslie Lehrman, in Phoenix, where we started planning her memorial. THAT is a…

DEATH (chats) and TAXES (cancer treatments) Part I

The only things certain in a terminal cancer patient’s life are the taxes of cancer treatments, both emotional and physical…and then some. Talking about death and/or even making final arrangements with the patient/loved one’s input is not a certainty. It’s tough. Awkward. Uncomfortable. Besides, if we talk about it, doesn’t that mean we have given…

Yes, I’m Planning My Mom’s Memorial…on Pinterest. She Gave Me the Cue.

I wish this blog post would reach billions of eyes in shock, sadness and horror, but it won’t. Nothing new or earth-shattering for the masses. It’s just another post that joins too many others with the same story line: Cancer taking over a loved one’s life (literally & figuratively). That loved one in my world?…

TMI: Personal Details About Cancer Patients You Don’t Want to Hear

Mom with Hope & NED in Denver Hospital

I’m starting a new series called “TMI (Too Much Information): Personal Details About Cancer Patients You Don’t Want to Hear.”  Why? Because being a cancer patient can be a very lonely existence, especially if you’re a lung cancer patient like my Mom (no she has never smoked). The stigma attached to lung cancer has to…