I want to encourage everyone to read yesterday's post if you haven't already done so....And even if you DID... please go read the comment written by karen. Right now, it's at the bottom unless other comments were left after I posted this. She speaks that which she witnessed as a hospice nurse. karen is always eloquent. This time, it's eloquence packing a fierce punch. Go. Read. Now.
Done? OK..... Here are links to different organizations where you may find some additional information. They are clickable but if the click doesn't work, cut and paste. This is important stuff.
We tend to fear what we don't understand. At least I know I do. And sometimes, fear can be expressed in negative ways, like transferring judgement. So click around, share with others, let's give this some momentum so we can take those first steps toward #NoStigma
Uniting Against Lung Cancer Fact Sheets
The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (Bonnie spoke on a panel at Partnering for Cures-she's a force, a powerhouse)
Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Lung Cancer Alliance
National Lung Cancer Partnership
It might have been good if I clicked on that last one first.... It's got all of the organizations listed (and there are more that I have not listed because it seemed silly after seeing the nice job done by the National Lung Cancer Partnership)
My observations. Had I googled "breast cancer organizations" I'd still be sitting here next month adding links. Also noteworthy, I didn't do a thorough examination of these organizations but I get a sense there is nothing "obnoxious" about the way any of these groups are conducting themselves. They appear to all be on the same page.
I am haunted by the words of my oncologist when I learned about my dad's diagnosis just three rounds into my own chemotherapy.
"Please try to remember that lung cancer is not breast cancer, AnneMarie. The treatment situation is very different."
We can't see the change if we aren't willing to be the change.