Welcome to my Man & Woman of the Year home page!
This is my story - I can't tell you what it feels like to be told you have cancer but what I can tell you is what it feels like to be told the person you love and planned on spending the rest of your life with has cancer.
I may not be able to tell you what it feels like to have chemo or radiation but I can say how much it hurts to see a person you love SICK, in pain and scared she wouldn't be pretty enough for you without her hair. And how you wished and prayed it was you going through it and not them.
In 2008, my wife was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after two months of doctor visits and being told it is just a cold – a swollen gland – stop worrying you’re fine. Until one night she woke me up at 2am crying with her neck swollen so bad I could not tell where her chin started and her chest began. Not until 3 days after going to the emergency room did we find out she had Lymphoma, a blood cancer that affected the lymph nodes.
Shortly after the doctor telling us she had a blood cancer- like most people I ran to the computer and googled it. I can tell you it was the worst thing I have ever done. The information I read made me think our plans of growing old together were over.
Thankfully, I found LLS with stories of how through funding and research it had become a more treatable disease and it didn't stop there they had programs not only for patients but for family's member dealing with their loved ones diagnosis. Cancer does not only affect the person with this disease but everyone around them. When comforting someone sick and scared, the last thing you what to do is tell them your how scared you are. You want to be strong for them. But sometimes YOU need someone to tell you it’s all going to be ok or just listen to you.
But there is still a long road ahead to finding easier treatments and cures for blood cancers. That is why it is so important for us to show support and together raise as much as we can to end these horrible diseases and make life easier and more comfortable on those who have it.
I’m happy to say my wife is celebrating her fifth year in remission. A phenomenal milestone! But like life the good comes with the bad, side effects from her chemo and radiation treatments have caused her to have thyroid disease, acid reflux and significant vitamin deficiencies. She is also more susceptible to contracting a secondary cancer such as breast, lung or leukemia. The doctor visits and blood work has not come to an end and probably never will but thankfully our journey and dreams of growing old together have only just begun.
Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes /raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.
Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.
LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.
And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
We really are changing the face of blood cancer!
All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org