I’m thankful for my family, our friends and the life we share. I’m thankful for the silly little dog laying near me while I type this and that we get to gather for a feast on Thanksgiving Day.
The holiday season can also be a time of grief for some people. I notice the loss of my loved ones more deeply during holidays and special dates. There’s a bittersweet sense of what was and what never can be again. The two people I miss the most are my mom and dad.
My mom was my best friend and supported me in my advocacy efforts and mission to support people impacted by lung cancer. My dad was my biggest fan and losing him to lung cancer 12 years ago was devastating to our family. Those losses changed the course of my life and career.
What we all can be thankful for is that for someone diagnosed with lung cancer today, there is much hope. There are more treatment options than ever before. The pace of the research is accelerating and yielding promise. Clinical trials, targeted therapies and immunotherapies are extending lives. Our work at LUNGevity is creating a world with more survivors, more information, education, resources, and support for those impacted by this disease.
As another holiday passes without those loved ones around my table, I can be thankful that I could turn my losses into something positive and continue to honor their lives daily.
I keep those of you close in my heart who are experiencing grief, pain or sickness this holiday season.
I’ve started new traditions with my little family and my large extended LUNGevity family of survivors, caregivers and supporters inspire me every day.
Please know that we are here to help support and inspire you too.
I’m wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving. Best hopes and wellness for the New Year.