November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
The most important thing, I feel, during this November is to share your story, so others will feel hope. There is a good chance that you will inspire another person to tell their story, make someone feel that they aren’t alone, or offer tips that makes it easier for another to feel more comfortable. Perhaps your experiences will offer a clearer understanding of different medical terms or suggestions for other tests.
There is nothing as scary as learning that you have cancer in your lungs! My word, you need those to breathe, to live! And no one wants to die! But that is no longer the case for everyone! We know for sure that many people survive lung cancer. We also know now that there are many different types of lung cancers and that one treatment does not fit all. And, because of this, there are many new personalized treatments. We can now talk to others openly about this awful disease and not feel alone. We don't have to be ashamed of having lung cancer because if you have lungs you can get lung cancer. You don't have to be a former smoker.
Another thing that I found helpful in raising awareness for lung cancer was to be as honest and forthright about my journey, so I wrote a blog. My experiences weren’t pretty nor painless. I have received many comments from people who experienced the same things. They thought that they were alone, and they were not.
Joining groups that advocate for lung cancer patients, and that offer comfort and support is probably the kindest thing that you can do. Raising awareness by offering your voice shows the public the need for even more research, less harmful drugs, and treatments. It opens doors for more people to speak out because you did, about this horrible disease that needs more solutions that increase survival rates.
Right now, it’s pretty difficult to offer personal help to others, and it’s very sad that some people can’t even visit relatives. I can’t imagine this.
But I can tell my story.
Have you told your story? Have you received any feedback?