Did you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?
As I shared back in January, my sister Lucy’s husband, Paul, was diagnosed with lung cancer eighteen months ago. Many readers have asked about Paul over the past year, and while I haven’t said too much (to respect Lucy and Paul’s privacy online), I wanted you to know how much those kind thoughts have meant to all of us.
Before Paul was diagnosed, I didn’t realize how often lung cancer strikes young non-smokers (like Paul). Lung cancer also kills more women than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined. Because smoking is the most common risk factor, lung cancer is often stigmatized and doesn’t get nearly enough funding. (Here are some eye-opening facts.)
Lisa Goldman, a young mom with lung cancer, writes great posts about lung cancer misconceptions:
Lungs. They’re Right Under Your Boobs!
Go Ahead (and ask me if I smoked)…Make My Day
This week, Lucy told me about the Purple Toes campaign, where OPI will send a purple nail polish to people who donate $25 or more to the ALCF for lung cancer research and advocacy. I wanted to spread the word, in case you might consider donating. Again, thank you so, so much for your support and concern for our family, and sending strength to all of you who have been touched by cancer. xoxo
P.S. You may remember Paul’s article, “How Long Have I Got Left?” and here’s a video interview with Paul, too.
(Photo from our wedding by Max Wanger)