Why I Was Grateful to Give Away One of My Most Treasured Possessions (a Happy New Year Blessing)

Why I Was Grateful to Give Away One of My Most Treasured Possessions (a Happy New Year Blessing)

In 2014, I met fellow LC survivor Rene Hicks. My condition was new and quite perilous at the time. Rene, though, had received her diagnosis and treatment over a decade prior and had been stable ever since.      …

Lung Cancer Awareness Month -- #433aday is a National Emergency

Lung Cancer Awareness Month — #433aday is a National Emergency

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, I posted a life lost to LC every single day of the month on both my public and my personal Facebook pages. For those of you who don’t follow me…

The ROS1der Story (my talk at the 2017 IASLC World Lung Cancer Conference in Japan)

The ROS1der Story (my talk at the 2017 IASLC World Lung Cancer Conference in Japan)

This year I was honored to be invited to speak at the 18th IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer in Japan. This is a huge annual conference, with about 7,000 attendees, which takes place in a different location every year. My talk…

Update # 13 -- Straddling Two Worlds

Update # 13 — Straddling Two Worlds

I had a PET scan and brain MRI this past week and everything came back clear. No signs of metastases anywhere. I give credit to my anxious pre-scan nightmares, which are obviously super helpful, plus Samantha’s expert prayer skilz (to…

Make a Wish - Lisa Style

Make a Wish – Lisa Style

Eric and I are huge Survivor fans. We’ve loyally tuned in to every single episode of all 34 seasons since it debuted in May of 2000. It’s a fun and seemingly harmless escape. I say “seemingly harmless” because last year,…

Pathology Lab Field Trip: A Visit with One of the “Hidden Heroes” (Part Two of Two)

Pathology Lab Field Trip: A Visit with One of the “Hidden Heroes” (Part Two of Two)

Recently, I visited Dr. Charles Lombard, the Medical Director of Pathology at El Camino Hospital, where I was able to see slides of my biopsied cancer cells and tour the lab (see my discussion and pics in my blog Field Trip…

Field Trip to the Pathology Lab! (Part One of Two)

Field Trip to the Pathology Lab! (Part One of Two)

I have a strange idea of what constitutes a fun time these days. I get excited to attend conferences about lung cancer. I’ve been known to look forward to quality time with a friend in an infusion lab. Recently, I…

Fuck the "Fuck Cancer" Warrior Rhetoric

Fuck the “Fuck Cancer” Warrior Rhetoric

[Trigger Warning: Sorry about the language, Dad] I recently shared an article, “Stop Saying John McCain Will Beat Cancer Because He’s a Fighter,” on my blog’s public FB page, and it triggered a lot of discussion. Personally, I agree with…

My Friend, Molly 1974-2017

My Friend, Molly 1974-2017

Molly and I got diagnosed within a few weeks of each other. Both of us about the same age, moms of two young kids, with no history of smoking and otherwise fit and healthy, shocked by a Stage IV lung…

Call to ACTION: Stop Promoting Lung Cancer Stigma in the Media

Call to ACTION: Stop Promoting Lung Cancer Stigma in the Media

Recently, the cover story of the Lung Cancer Special Issue of Cure Magazine set off a firestorm within the lung cancer community. “Quitting Smoking is Possible,” the cover declared in a large red font, and then the magazine flopped open…