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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.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

40th Woodstock anniversary

While I was not at the festival - I was actually out of the country--there are times I feel I was there vicariously --- my late mother and father unintentionally got caught up in the traffic jam. Years later, -having gotten to know my mother during her lung cancer battle - under different circumstances I could see both my parents participating in a festival dediated to peace and love; at least I'd like to think so.
We can't go back so it's onward and upward.
I plan on listening to Santana, Richie Havens and Joan Baez today and pretend that we are back in 1969 - it was a very good year. For many reasons, not the least of which is that lung cancer was not on my radar screen.

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