My mom always taught me to never give up. It wasn’t like she ever sat me down, and said, ”Now Laura, stand up for what you believe in and don’t quit,” but it was a quality that she instilled in all of her children, through leading by example. In her 9 years living with lung cancer, she had a lumpectomy, 2 brain surgeries, a gamma knife surgery, months of radiation, and years of chemo, not to mention all of the side effects of these treatments; and she never stopped fighting.
The crazy thing is that she isn’t the only family member I’ve lost to lung cancer. In the last 6 years, my husband’s Pap died from complications related to his lung cancer; Donna, my sister, died months after being diagnosed with lung cancer; my Uncle Dom died weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer; and last November, my Aunt Glory died from complications from lung cancer.