It’s November ya’ll.
November is lung cancer awareness month which hits a little different this year. My mom was just recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer that has metastasized to her lungs. That makes parent number 2 of 2 with a diagnosis of cancer in their lungs. To be very clear, mom does NOT have lung cancer, this is still thyroid cancer but still, like come on, what are the odds both of my parents have cancer before age 60? Beyond that both of them have had cancer in their lungs?
So as you can imagine, Lung Cancer Awareness Month hits close to home. I’ve done some advocacy work through my blog, through Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and through an organziation called Shine a Light. You can listen to the speech I gave at Gundersen in LaCrosse, Wisconsin here:
COVID unfortunately has affected many of these advocacy events so last year I created a video sharing my dad’s story here:
My father, Roger Kramer passed away from lung cancer on June 2nd, 2019 after his 129 day battle. His cancer progressed quickly after his diagnosis on January 24th 2019. The cancer spread to his C2, eating away at the bone and fracturing his neck. After finishing chemotherapy and radiation, a PET scan t revealed the cancer had spread throughout his body. I was honored to care for him in his final days and he passed away 4 days later. We not only lost a father but Craig and I lost a dear friend and community member.
My Dad’s caner was discovered through a routine CT scan. If you are 55 years or older and currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 10 years, please ask your doctor if you qualify for an annual low dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. The test takes less than 30 seconds and can save your life.
If you’d like to read more about my experience with grief and losing my father, please see the category: Losing my Dad to Lung Cancer
Thanks for reading friends.