Friday, November 8, 2019

What is LCAM?


November is LCAM. 

What does that mean?  

Here's my latest article for lungcancer.net that breaks it down and explains the campaign and it's origins.
Lungcancer.net

Monday, November 4, 2019

2020 Lung Cancer Survivor Super Bowl Challenge Kickoff

Because of everyone's generosity, I raised $374 for my challenge.


I kicked off my 2020 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl challenge fundraising campaign at the Cleveland vs Broncos game in Denver on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

It was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining, I got to introduce myself, share my lung cancer story, information about lung cancer Awareness Month and my participation in this year's Super Bowl Challenge.  So many tailgaters were more than generous with their time and money.  Browns fans and Broncos fans as well.  It goes to show, no matter which team we root for, we all agree that lung cancer (or any cancer)sucks.
More photos of #CLEvsDEN tailgating HERE.

I have until December 30, 2019 to reach my $50,000 fundraising goal.  Please donate HERE.  No amount is too small.  Every dollar counts, even when you make a minimum donation.


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Meaningful Football

Meaningful football to me this week:It's the Cleveland Browns playing a do or die game in Denver.  It means, possibly turning this season around in Week 9, although, a bit late in the season. It means, beating a top rival, again, at Mile High. It means bonding with my Browns football family while tailgating like we are in the Muni lot and watching the Browns in person instead of on TV.

It also means It's Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the kickoff of the Team Draft Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge.  I'm anxiously waiting the details of this year's challenge because I have set a $50,000 fundraising goal.  I'm super excited to get started!  Yes, fifty thousand dollars.  Top challenge participants have set the bar high.  It's time for me to join their ranks.  I'll share the details in a future post. 

Meaningful football 2015/2016 Season:The NFL preseason was underway in August 2015.  It was the dawn of a new era for the Browns. My football family and I were reunited after a long summer without football to watch games and cheer the Browns through another season.  Like many years before and every season after, we had hope, we believed.

I was diagnosed with stage IV, non small cell lung cancer during preseason on August 14, 2015.  At that point it was, by far, the most devastating, emotionally draining and excruciatingly difficult time of my life.  But what did I do the night before finding out the stage of my lung cancer and what my prognosis and treatment plan would be? I attended a Browns preseason game with the Pikes Peak Browns Backers in Colorado Springs, CO.

Meaningful football since lung cancer:
Dec 9, 2018

All football is meaningful to me since my lung cancer diagnosis. Even in the losing seasons, I am grateful for football and my Browns Backers family.  The Browns and the Pikes Peak Browns Backers have been with me since day one of my lung cancer diagnosis.  They have provided me with the support, needed distractions and events to keep my mind off of everything involved in a lung cancer diagnosis and fight.


I had a lot of fatigue, some pretty uncomfortable and painful side effects when I started my first line of lung cancer treatment.  I had times I was scared to leave the house. But I would get up, get dressed, in orange and brown, and still go to watch the Browns play with my local Browns Backers club.  That's how important the Browns are to me. That's meaningful football.

Tackling lung cancer, Dec 9, 2018

Meaningful football NFL Week 14, Dec 9, 2018:

It was a chance to go to Cleveland and an opportunity to attend the Panthers vs. Browns game with Team Draft. I live in Colorado.  Before December 9, 2018, I had only been to one Cleveland Browns home game.
A brief uncle and niece Dawg Pound reunion, Dec 9, 2018

That weekend was amazing.  Not only did I get to personally witness the Browns win at home, it was the 1 year anniversary of surviving a hemorrhagic stroke.  I got tears in my eyes when I was in the stadium and watched the Browns take the field that day. I get emotional today thinking about that moment.  I was alive. I was standing. I was walking. I made it through the toughest year of my life. Not only did I survive the stroke and make miraculous improvements in my recovery over the year, I did it all with late stage,  stage iv, terminal, lung cancer.
Please donate to the 2020 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge









Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Here WEGO


I started blogging about my experiences of being diagnosed and living with terminal stage IV lung cancer in 2016, approximately six months after my diagnosis.  I continued to blog as I was diagnosed in 2017 with Moyamoya, an incurable ultra rare brain disease, and after my hemorrhagic stroke.

The stroke was my third major life threatening incident in just over two years.  Somebody referred to my multiple diagnoses, struggles and deficits as a "medical apocalypse".  That term was more than accurate. I amended the name of my Peace Lungs and Happiness blog in 2018 to it's current title, Peace Lungs and Happiness: Anatomy of a Medical Apocalypse.

After three years of blogging, I am a nominee for the 2019 Best in Show Blog at the WEGO Health Awards.  It's an honor to be among my fellow nominees for this award.
About the WEGO Awards:
The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. It provides the opportunity for community members to thank and support the Patient Leaders and patient-centric initiatives they admire. Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone!

I need your endorsement.
Winning this award will bring opportunities for me to present my story to others, promote patient advocacy and to share my patient expertise on patient panels, roundtables and at conferences while working with lung cancer, neurology and brain injury industry leaders.

At the end of July, the top three endorsed nominees in my category become automatic finalists for the award.

Please click HERE or go to https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/15977 to view my WEGO Patient Leader Profile.  From there you can endorse my nomination by clicking the Endorse Lisa Moran button under my profile pic.
Lisa Moran's Patient Leader Profile on the WEGO website

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rollercoasters

Life with lung cancer is a rollercoaster.  But for me,  I've been on two or more different rides at the same time since my first major medical diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in 2015.  With so much going on at once, I seemed to have tended to one ride while another ride was taking over my life, health and emotions.  And this all was happening without me recognizing that anxieties and depression had engulfed my thoughts, my physical being and my normally positive outlook on life.

I knew to keep my head on a swivel at construction job sites and while I delivered mail, working around traffic.  It recently came to light that I need to keep my head on a swivel in my medical life as well as my personal and  mental health lives as well.

HERE  is my latest article, Rollercoasters,  for lungcancer.netwww.lungcancer.net.

Click picture for article.