My Cancer Journey (as seen through my daughter’s eyes).

A post by my Mom, Leslie Lehrman.

I’m sure that some of you are getting tired of hearing about my cancer woes and seeing the not so flattering pictures of me. I can’t say I’m thrilled about that either, but this is cancer….lung cancer, the number one cancer killer and LEAST funded.

I realize that when you aren’t dealing with something like this, you don’t really care to hear about it, but I just want you to know that because there really isn’t any pre-screening that we have to be aware of symptoms. Coughing or coughing up blood, a sharp pain in your shoulder or chest, fatigue. If you see a doctor and he doesn’t check for lung cancer, then I would suggest that they do.

After being diagnosed in 2005 all this was going through my daughter’s head. Knowing she wanted to do something about it, not only for me but for all the Lung cancer patients or anyone connected with this heart-breaking disease. My daughter Jen then came up with WTF (Where’s the Funding) for Lung cancer. It has become very successful through her hard work and sacrifices. But besides that, she wanted to chronicle my cancer journey and asked if I would be game. I gave it some thought and said “Why not”!!!

People need to know that it is the number one cancer killer and also the least funded and this includes the good and the bad of it. It’s not meant to scare people, it is to make people aware of how devastating this is and how desperately something needs to be done.

It’s not a so-called smoker’s disease. There are children, young adults and seemingly women who are being plagued by this. These people are the ones who never smoked. And it seems to be on the rise.

Jen has wanted any type of picture that we could take, so she herself could see for herself and relay it on to the Facebook people. I will have to say that I cringed from some of the pictures, but if one thing helps just one person because of it, then all my vanity flew out the window.

My journey isn’t over yet, but just remember, I never ever thought it would come to my house either.

Tobe, Mom, Me and Aaron

Love and thanks to my daughter Jen for the difference you are making. I’m so proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    We’re proud of her too. And of you and we think about you every day. xoxo

  • Sandy Snyder

    Now I know where Jen gets her fighting spiriting and blogging skills from. You’re an inspiration, Leslie and I’m thankful for the two of you putting our disease to a face and a name. 8 years and still counting, 4 of them lung cancer free! Much love to you both. xoxoxo

  • Rick Rice

    Completely amazing. Yes, we do now know where Jennifer gets it. 

  • Anniejmac

    Leslie you can be truly proud of the job Jen has done! Jen has brought together a large group of people from all over the world that have been touched by Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer is a devastating disease and is so often overlooked until it is too late. Leslie I am also grateful that you have allowed Jen to document your journey as your openness and honesty has helped a lot of people to become more honest & open about what they suffer through.
      Love to both of you !  & Keep on Keepin’ on
    Love Annie

  • Lisa Kambers

    Leslie you are so amazing. I (for one) will never tire of your cancer stories. I WANT to hear them all. You raised such an ambitious, courageous and witty young lady. Just like her mom. Grace charm class and elegance just seep out of you both. I’m honored to know you and Jen! KEEP KICKIN’ ASS!

  • Fthrlady

    This is an amazing story Leslie! Not only are you allowing everyone to follow your journey with Lung Cancer, you are giving your honesty in dealing with a most difficult illness, and first hand experiences to the readers.
    You are such an amazing lady, and you have the most wonderful giving heart of anyone I know…well of courze, besides Jen and my brother of course!!
    Thank you for speaking up, so the rest of us can learn what it is like to “walk in your shoes!”

  • Gmorcutt

    Leslie, the same thing happened to me — 56, never-smoker.  It wasn’t until I was home recovering from having my entire left lung removed that I happened upon an article about radon.  We tested.  That is what caused my lung cancer.  Everyone need to test their home.
    Thank you for sharing your story. 
    Warm regards, Gail

  • Greg Stanley

    Thanks for sharing the story – It really touched me! You can also find a lot of lung cancer stories and photos of people who have fought the disease here on a site called hello have you heard, about lung cancer: The stories of survival are so inspiring to read, and give me a lot of hope that one day, we’ll really be able to beat lung cancer.

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