I'm feeling great. I'm high right now, as I don't get my next chemo until Tuesday, June 17.
I have gone through and I have read all the comments, now it's my turn. I'll warn you, I'm pulling out all the stops, as this is one issue I am very, very sensitive about.
As most of you are aware, Estrea sent a mass email requesting help in getting local chapters of LCSC established throughout the US. I back Estrea 1000%, not 100%, 1000%. This is exactly how the Breast Cancer movement got started - small groups throughout the US, then combined into a national movement that has grown by 10,000's and is now the strongest cancer movement in the US. MY DREAM IS TO EXCEED THE NUMBER AFFILIATED WITH BREAST CANCER.
We CAN do this, as we have more people diagnosed each year with lung cancer than those with breast cancer. We are short on survivors, but I believe we can talk louder than they can. We have much more at stake. We are losing far too many, each year, to lung cancer, and this has to STOP
Today, was the meeting of the Lung Cancer Support Group, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, where Dr. Schiller is located. I am going to quote Dr. Joan Schiller, in what she told me just two weeks ago:
"We have to get the word out about lung cancer. We have gone far too long and the death rate has to stop. We need groups, actively pursuing lung cancer awareness and research, throughout the entire country. We must take a stand and it must start NOW
Opportunity is knocking at our door. We cannot wait any longer
. The time is now
What does it take? Meet with the social workers at your local hospital, cancer center, or State University Medical Center. Tell them what you want to do - tell them, don't sugar coat it. Make it well known that the time is now. Talk to your local newspaper, get a public service announcement with a contact phone number, and that you are interested in forming a group for Lung Cancer.
As I look over the membership list, we now have represeantation from almost all of the Continental 48 States. Look over the membership list and send a private message, or email to others within your state, Don't be shy about this, because now is not the time to be shy. THIS CAN BE DONE
None of us deserved lung cancer. None of us deserved having a family member, or friend, with lung cancer. None of us deserved losing a family member, or friend, to lung cancer. It doesn't matter whether we smoked or didn't smoke - that is no longer the issue. The issue is: LUNG CANCER IS THE NUMBER ONE HEALTH ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY AND THIS HAS TO STOP
And it has to stop NOW
Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year, but TODAY
That's the end of where I stand on this issue. My stance will not change.