Thank you so much for visiting my page! I can't tell you how much it means to me that you are here ... reading my story.
There is something bittersweet about a cancer diagnosis. Many people don't have an opportunity to have meaningful, important conversations about life and death with loved ones. A chance to find peace and acceptance. A chance to share all of your hopes and dreams and to learn theirs. Or the chance to just love on them with the reality that every day is a gift. Because it is. For all of us.
When my mom, Janet Zeller, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in June 2011, I was devastated. But through excellent oncology care, "maintenance" chemo every three weeks, and mom's live-life-well attitude, she is still keeping the cancer in check. When I call my mom each day, I am reminded of her joy for life, her resilience, her love for family and friends. She's currently beating her odds (roughly 15% survival rate for stage IV over 5 years), and for this I am beyond grateful.
My mom doesn't deserve to die from lung cancer - no one does. With the help of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, I want to spread the word against the stigma about lung cancer (nearly 80% of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers), help transform lung cancer into a chronically managed disease and ultimately to find a cure.
Please join me in the fight against lung cancer. Donate to my team or join us for the 5K walk/run.
Here is the link to our team page: runamuck.yournextstepisthecure.org/littlemommies
All my love and support,
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." - Stuart Scott
LUNG CANCER FACTS:
1. Each year in the US, more than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer, and nearly 160,000 die of the disease.
2. Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined – it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths.
3. 1 in 14 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
4. Nearly 80% of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers – 20.9% current smokers, 60% former smokers, and 17.9% never smokers.
5. The 5-year survival rate of lung cancer is 16.8%. Breast cancer has advanced to 89.2% and prostate cancer to 98.9%.