On July 4, 2007, Leah’s doctor announced that she had Stage IV lung cancer. It sent my mind into a tailspin – Leah never indulged in cigarettes! Her response to the diagnosis was a simple question to the doctor, asking when she could go back to work. I looked at my daughter with amazement and hope. In the beginning, Leah stayed in survival mode, showing signs of strength and endurance, while suffering the effects of potent chemotherapy treatments and a host of other medications. Doctors beamed with amazement at her early positive response. I was sure it was a miracle and it increased our hope for her survival. Leah lost her battle with lung cancer on Sunday, March 29, 2008 at the age of 41 years. She is an inspiration to me. Her strength encourages me to focus on my commitment to support a memorial in her name, raising funds for lung cancer research to help increase the survivor rate.
Note: The affects of tobacco smoke on our health remains an ongoing issue because second hand smoke can cause more harm than direct smoking. Scientific research informs us about this danger and tells us what to do about it. Knowledge is power! This is a step toward preventing illnesses like lung cancer.