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