Saturday, September 26, 2015

Never heard of it!

september is lymphoma awareness month
We live in such a small, great big world! Until March 2012, I had never heard of the disease pulmonary fibrosis. That's the day my husband was diagnosed. Aggressive monster that sucks the air right out of your lungs so you can't breathe. The disease causes scar tissue to harden your air sacs so the lungs can't diffuse oxygen to the body. There is no cure. Finally, this year, the FDA has approved two medicines to treat or slow down the progression of the disease. Lung transplantation is the only way to survive. Praise Jesus, my husband seems stable three years post-diagnosis.

I shared a story recently about Rana Mashburn who was just diagnosed with HLH or Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. I had never heard of this disease until she was diagnosed in July 2015. She continues to fight for her life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Follow her journey on Facebook. #ranastrong

Not everyone enters this world healthy, safe or loved.

I had never heard of  Patience Brewster and their cause. The backbone of this company lost a dear family member to Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At 26 years old, Holland, a beautiful son and brother lost his battle with this aggressive cancer.

I bet this family had never thought about blood cancer, researched them or knew how to spell lymphoma before the Stage 4 Hodgkin's invaded their world and changed their lives forever. September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. In honor of Holland, I want to help raise awareness about this disease by introducing you to Patience Brewster and the special Christmas ornament Holland's mom makes every year to raise funding to find a cure for blood cancers.This years ornament is Huck Raccoon. It's so darling we all need one or 12 for our tree!

Please click over and take a moment to read their story and purchase an ornament. You never know when Leukemia or Lymphoma may become the center of your attention. You may have never heard of it, but trust me, when you do, it will become your all-consuming passion just like the passion Patience Brewster embraces for raising awareness and funding research in memory of Holland.

Supporting LLS Awareness,
The Happy Handicap

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