Dear Mrs Claus Club,
I wanted to thank you so much for your gift that arrived on Wednesday. It was certainly unexpected and very much appreciated. Everything included in the box was not only useful, but also well thought out as I go through this journey.
In the middle of October, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, which had also spread to my optic nerve. I had a raspy voice that had developed over the summer that would not go away. After a series of visits to PCP and Walk In Clinics, as well as Speech Therapists, I went to a pulmonologist who discovered my cancer. I have always been healthy and athletic. Any the time of my diagnosis I was typically walking 3 miles a day, doing Yoga and playing golf. Two months later, after 13 rounds of radiation to my head and optic nerve, I was in an ICU on 9 L of Oxygen.
I have been fortunate to be placed in a clinical study at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. They have put me on a drug that was only FDA approved in May. It is a drug that targets the DNA of the cancer, and they are very optimistic that this drug will have a successful outcome. Their optimism helps to keep me optimistic. They say it is perfect for my kind of cancer. I do have to say that after that low point in ICU, I am doing better. I am now with help able to transfer from bed to wheelchair and my oxygen usage is down to 3 L.
If there is a positive to any of this, it’s that I have learned how many true friends I really have and I am so appreciative in the way they all have responded. We live in FL most of they year, but we also have a place in Pittsburgh where we typically spend several of the summer months. Our churches in Pittsburgh and here in Florida have been so supportive and both congregations are praying for me. Additionally several neighbors have also added me to the prayer lists in their churches and synagogues. We have had neighbors calling, and bringing food, and family members have put their lives on hold to assist in my care. All of this has been great. However, this gift from a group of women that I don’t even know is exceptional.
Please tell everyone there how much this was appreciated, and ask them all to pray for my recovery.
Thanks again for all you do.