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…

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…

The Lung Cancer Blame Game - How People Blame the Patients and Patients Blame Themselves

The Lung Cancer Blame Game – How People Blame the Patients and Patients Blame Themselves

Lung cancer patients regularly bemoan the question that plagues us. The, “did you smoke?” question. There is simply no getting around it. It’s the number one thing people ask when you share your lung cancer diagnosis. (See here for more…

Go Ahead (and ask me if I smoked) ... Make My Day

Go Ahead (and ask me if I smoked) … Make My Day

There’s a lot of talk amongst lung cancer survivors about the stigma of having lung cancer. Many lung cancer survivors resent it when people ask them, “Did you smoke?” But, I feel differently. Go ahead and ask me. Why? Because…

Lungs. They're Right Under Your Boobs! (Celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month)

Lungs. They’re Right Under Your Boobs! (Celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month)

Do you know the color of the lung cancer awareness ribbon? No, you probably don’t. That’s a trick question, because the ribbon has no color — it’s clear. Yep, you read that right. Someone, somewhere decided that the best color…