Few lung cancers are found in the early stages when treatment is most effective. When lung cancer is found before it has spread outside the lungs, about half of these people will live at least 5 more years. (American Cancer Society)
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Aurmaudra Bradley’s Story
No one else should have to hear the words…you have cancer.
No one else should have to watch a loved one suffer through a disease as horrible and debilitating as lung cancer.
And NO ONE ELSE should have to watch someone they love slowly become less and less of themselves. Not when this is such a preventable disease.
I was 22 years old when I found out my mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer. After over 30 years as a smoker, it finally caught up with her. There was good news, right? They could treat her! Cancer treatments like Chemotherapy and Radiation are no walk in the park but at least she would live….or at least that’s what we thought.
For the next four years the cancer kept returning…..always in a different location……always with a different treatment plan. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2009, our family received the worst news possible. THE CANCER WAS EVERYWHERE. The doctors said there was nothing they could do. NOTHING, except make her comfortable. They gave her six months; she lived four. We all suffered terrible pain for those four long months and those of us left behind have to live with her absence every day.
She has a great-granddaughter she never met. I won’t have my mother there to celebrate with me on the day of my wedding or the birth of my first child. And the most heartbreaking part is that her own actions caused it.
She chose to smoke; though at the time she started she didn’t know all the risks. Today we do! Research has shown what tobacco use does to the body and NONE of it is good. The time to stop is today not tomorrow, next week or next month. If not for yourself, your health and your finances, then do it for the ones who love you because no one else should have to watch their loved one die over a pack of cigarettes.