This past weekend, as a spokesperson for the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), Miles and I traveled to Puerto Rico, where I spoke before the 5TH Annual Puerto Rico Fall Cancer Symposium.
I was standing in for my fellow stage IV young-lung friend, Sandy Jauregui Baza. Sandy, fluent in Spanish, was scheduled to speak but had to bow out as the potential for blood clots from air travel is exacerbated by her cancer drugs. I did my best to make her proud, intertwining English with a little Spanish as I shared my story in an attempt to educate general oncologists and docs to look beyond age, gender and smoking history when treating their patients. Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women of all ages. All physicians need to be alert to its symptoms, aggressive in ordering both tests and referrals, and advise their young patients on fertility preservation.
I’m so grateful my message and speech were well received, and there was a lively Q&A afterward. I met some wonderful doctors, researchers and nurses, and hopefully changed their perspective on who can get lung cancer. And then we got to enjoy this….