As I begin my journey to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I realize that many people may not understand why I’m doing this. Well, here it goes.
I lost my father to a rare type of brain tumor when I was Eight-years-old. He left behind my mother, my younger sister, and I. That was almost 20 years ago, and I can still remember the full spectrum of feelings I experienced. As time went on, some of those feelings faded, as they have a tendency to do. That is, until almost a year and a half ago when my Mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
I can remember all of those old feelings flooding back, worrying about what to do, how to help my mom, sister, and family, and if there was anything I even could do. There was so much to process for all of us, my mom especially. After talks between my mom, my sister, our family, and the doctors and medical professionals, we had a strong idea of what we were dealing with and what the course of treatment would entail.
My mother began chemotherapy right before Christmas in 2012. Over the next few months, my mother was not allowed to leave the house very long, if at all. Everything around her had to be constantly cleaned, and if anyone even thought they had the beginnings of a cold, they weren’t allowed to see her. Our family did everything they could to keep her safe while she underwent treatments, even though it drove her a little stir-crazy. I can still picture my mom, while dealing with this intense situation, worrying about losing her hair, and getting picture messages when she was trying on different wigs.
When the time came to end chemotherapy and move on to radiation, everyone seemed to be in higher spirits, almost with the mindset of, “Hey, there is light at the end of this tunnel. This is the home stretch!” Luckily for her (and us), it was. It has now been a little over eight months since my mom completed her treatments, and her most recent scan has shown no signs of the cancer or it returning.
I know that this would not have been possible without the hard work of research and groups like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It is because of this chance our family has to stay together that I am working to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cancer Sucks, and with your help, we can work toward the goal of one day living in a cancer free world.