Laurianne's Hope

Friday, June 23, 2006

Samples

Here are some samples of what I am talking about:



Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 11:48 AM :: 2 people are more aware
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Lung Cancer Awareness Shirts - Please Share Your Thoughts

I have been thinking a long time about making some lung cancer awareness T-shirts. I want something that stands out, or some kind of catchy slogans. I want to promote Laurianne's Hope with the shirts, by putting the web address underneath or on the back.

I want to take the funds and donate them to lung cancer research and the American Cancer Society, as well to be able to save some money to travel to lung cancer awareness events like Playing For a Cure Right now, I am so po' I can't afford the 'or, and I want to be able to do these things for my sister and for myself.

Here are some of my slogan thoughts:
  • Smoking, Asbestos and Radon! Oh, My! (These are some of the causes of lung cancer.)
  • Lung Cancer: It isn't just a smoking disease anymore. (In response to the smoking/lung cancer stigma. Orignially, I thought "It isn't just for smokers anymore" but then people would immediately think second-hand smoke.)
  • I love someone with Lung Cancer. (Shows the human side of the disease.)
  • I breathe for lung cancer research. or how about I breathe for a lung cancer cure.(Like the "I break" bumper stickers. Lung cancer needs more research. This also would be an indication of my activism.)
  • No, I didn't smoke! (Non-smokers get asked that a lot.)
The question is, would anyone else buy them? Please share your thoughts.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 9:32 AM :: 2 people are more aware
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Lung Cancer Awareness Shirts - Please Share Your Thoughts

I have been thinking a long time about making some lung cancer awareness T-shirts. I want something that stands out, or some kind of catchy slogans. I want to promote Laurianne's Hope with the shirts, by putting the web address underneath or on the back.

I want to take the funds and donate them to lung cancer research and the American Cancer Society, as well to be able to save some money to travel to lung cancer awareness events like Playing For a Cure Right now, I am so po' I can't afford the 'or, and I want to be able to do these things for my sister and for myself.

Here are some of my slogan thoughts:
  • Smoking, Asbestos and Radon! Oh, My! (These are some of the causes of lung cancer.)
  • Lung Cancer: It isn't just a smoking disease anymore. (In response to the smoking/lung cancer stigma. Orignially, I thought "It isn't just for smokers anymore" but then people would immediately think second-hand smoke.)
  • I love someone with Lung Cancer. (Shows the human side of the disease.)
  • I breathe for lung cancer research. or how about I breathe for a lung cancer cure.(Like the "I break" bumper stickers. Lung cancer needs more research. This also would be an indication of my activism.)
  • No, I didn't smoke! (Non-smokers get asked that a lot.)
The question is, would anyone else buy them? Please share your thoughts.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 9:32 AM :: 0 people are more aware
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Thursday, June 22, 2006

8 month anniversary

It is and I just realized that it is 8 months ago that Laurianne passed away. It was a busy day today with friends coming over and Calems swimming lessons. I am glad Lynda wrote a nice blog today. It was a beautifull evening here with a clear sky and we burned some candles in a lantern. We feel very fortunate that we are able to take care of Calem and I would not have know how to cope with Laurianne"s death if it wasn't for him . thank you Lynda for your beautifull blog and keeping Laurianne"s memory alive.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Henry (Calem's Opa) :: 10:45 PM :: 2 people are more aware
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8 Months Ago

Doris Roberts, who is probably best known as the mother on Everybody Loves Raymond or the secretary on Remington Steele said:

You have an opportunity when a person dies who is so close to you to lie down and die with them or start another life. It is new. It is different. It won't be the same.

She lost her husband on August 30, 1983 to leukemia after 20 years of marriage.

This quote really resonated with me. It would be so easy to give up, and just let life go by, to stay in bed and not be apart of it anymore. But, the people we love wouldn't want us to give up on life.

Today is the 8 month mark of Laurianne's death. The sun is shining, and though I miss my sister terribly, life feels pretty good. Calem is learning to swim. His Opa is helping him, while his Oma takes some pictures. Life goes on. It is different.

It is the new normal.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 7:32 AM :: 3 people are more aware
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Nancy Michener Dies After a 7 Year Battle

After a 7 year battle with lung cancer, Nancy Michener has died from the disease on June 16, 2006 shortly after 7:30 p.m. She was surrounded by her family.

Nancy was a never smoker, and in my opinion, one of the louder voices in the fight for lung cancer. If you do a search for her name, you will find she was interviewed for many articles. She fought to raise awareness for herself and others with the disease. She even took her fight to the captial, to create a lung cancer awareness proclamation Unfortunately, her words were changed that the proclamation became an anti-smoking proclamation.

At that time, Nancy said:

Like most cases in non-smokers, my doctors and I have absolutely no idea what caused my cancer. Do you know what? What caused my illness does not matter to me at all. What matters is that I have cancer: I need to be treated and I want to survive.

But, the real problem with the proclamation’s obsession with causes is that by the time a person has lung cancer it is far, far too late to worry about the reason they have it. As a never-smoker with terminal lung cancer, at this point I really could care less why I have it; it simply does not matter. I am also so very, very, very, very tired of answering the eternal question “Did you smoke?” The answer to the question does not change the terrible fact that I have cancer and am fighting for my life.
Nancy was also co-chair of the CA Steering Committee of the Lung Cancer Alliance. To me, she did for lung cancer what Angelina Jolie does for children of third-world countries, without the drama. She made her voice heard in this fight against this insidious disease.

Nancy, and her husband Stuart, recently lost thier daughter Alision in a tragic boating accident. I am sure Nancy's untimely death only compounds this grief. For Nancy, and for others who have lost the battle to lung cancer, as well as for those fighting to win, we must make it know that lung cancer is not just a smoker's disease.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 6:10 AM :: 3 people are more aware
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Friday, June 16, 2006

This is Your Post

This is your post. Create a comment and tell me how cancer has affected you. It doesn't have to be lung cancer - just any cancer. Or if you would like, just tell me how this website has affected you.

I know my dad would like to hear from you too!

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 2:59 PM :: 2 people are more aware
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free.


**This poem was used for my coworkers mother, who passed away last Friday. I thought it was beautiful, so I decided to put it here as well.**


Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 7:22 AM :: 2 people are more aware
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Monday, June 12, 2006

Women Against Lung Cancer Changes Their Name

I recieved this in my email box the other day:
As of June 1, 2006, Women Against Lung Cancer has become National Lung Cancer Partnership.

Why have we changed our name? We want to make sure we are partnering with everyone who can help us achieve our goals, including men, women, young, old, physicians, researchers, allied health professionals, survivors, advocates, industry, and the general public.

Although our name has changed, our goals have not. Our mission remains to decrease deaths due to lung cancer, and help patients live longer and better through research, awareness, and advocacy.

We are still focused on:
*Raising awareness of the deadly impact of lung cancer, particularly upon women
*Increasing funding for lung cancer research
*Supporting and promoting research into sex differences in lung cancer
*Encouraging professionals, particularly women, to enter into and be successful in lung cancer research, treatment, and care.

WELCOME TO NATIONAL LUNG CANCER PARTNERSHIP.
Personally, I am glad to see they changed their name. Even though they state they still are focused on women affected by the disease, lung cancer knows no gender differences.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 7:10 PM :: 0 people are more aware
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Somewhere in New Jersey

Somewhere in New Jersey, there is a team of people who are going to be walking for Relay for Life. Now, there are Relay for Life teams everywhere, but to me, this team is a little more special. Why?

They are going to be walking in shirts with the names of people who have had cancer on it. One of the people will have Laurianne's name on her shirt. AND a donation was made in memory of Laurianne. As far as I know, my family and I have never met them, but Laurianne's story has touched them so they are walking for her.

Now how awesome is that!

**Special thanks to my blog buddy Libragirl for letting me know about this**

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 6:07 AM :: 2 people are more aware
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

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Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 6:01 PM :: 0 people are more aware
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Worst Day

Last year today was the worst day of Laurianne's life. Two days after the birth of Calem, she found out she had lung cancer. Since November of 2004, her life revolved around Calem, even though he wasn't born. From June 7 until her death, her life revolved around Calem and lung cancer.

The road has been very long and hard, but I have met some wonderful people along the way, people I probably would not have met if Laurianne was healthy and well. In fact, I would probably still be thinking that lung cancer only happened to smokers.

Today I would like to point you to another victim of lung cancer, someone who also has never smoked. I have meantioned Lynne before, and I will probably mention her again. I think her post today is very important to think about. Often we take for granted our health, and you really don't know how well you have it until your health is in decline.

I also want to thank Mr. Fabulous. He dedicated a whole post on his blog to Laurianne's Hope. If you are here today visiting from his blog, welcome! I hope you will come back to visit, even though we don't update every day. And thank you Mr. Fabulous for showing me once again how fabulous you really are!

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 9:38 PM :: 3 people are more aware
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Monday, June 05, 2006

The Best and Worst Week

Today is a very special day. Laurianne's son, Calem, turned one today!

Last year, Laurianne said this was the best and worst week of her life. The best week because Calem was born. The worst because one year ago on Wednesday, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. We never thought she would not physically be here for Calem's birthday. But her spirit is always with Calem.

Lung Cancer AwarenessPosted by Lynda (Laurianne's Sister) :: 4:28 PM :: 1 people are more aware
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