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Why I'm "Here"

I did not choose to be on this Lung Cancer Patient/Advocacy Road; it chose me. Had my late mother not been diagnosed with late stage inoperable lung cancer, I can say with a fair amount of certainty, I would not be on this road. We never considered the possibility of lung cancer because we did not know the facts. Lung Cancer is Not Just for Smokers.
I became an advocate because I did not want one other family to face the shock that our family did. NO ONE IS IMMUNE from a lung cancer diagnosis. My goal is to empower people with information in order to give them a fighting chance. My goal is to reframe the issue of lung cancer in order to address the social stigma currently associated with the disease. My goal is to support increased lung cancer research to find the cure.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Its ASCO time again

How quickly a year passes. I am once again preparing to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. Truth be told, I am flabbergasted that I actually understand what is being said at many of the scientific sessions. Yes, it is a networking opportunity - and I do my best. My primary purpose in attending is to learn about any cutting edge advances made in this cancer world.
I do hope that the smoking that went on at last year's meeting in Chicago is kept to a minimum. I was rather amazed at the number of doctors smoking; on the other hand I shouldn't be since like any addiction - it is not rational.
I've also had some epiphanies which I will share as soon as I flush out the details. It's really exciting.
If I learn anything exciting I will share it with every one out there.
For now I just wish the Orlando rain will stop.

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