I have so much to be thankful for.
I can't possibly start to list them all. I'm scared I would forget someone. The obvious ones:
- I'm thankful for the power of prayer and positive thinking.
- I'm thankful for modern medicine.
- Lung cancer treatments have kept me alive with a quality of life that is allowing me to be brave enough and my body strong enough to tackle this new brain disease battle.
- I'm thankful for my continued life.
- I was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer in August 2015. I was recently diagnosed with an ultra rare progressive brain disease. But we know from researching my cancer brain scans, I've been living with this for over 2 years. It's even possible I was born with this disease. We may never know the cause or the time it developed.
- I'm thankful for the love and support from my family and friends, near and far.
- I'm also thankful for the friends that are more like family to me.
- I only know some of these people from being online. I know I must have met a few of these distant relatives when I was a child and when I was younger. I'm thankful we found each other and are able to stay in touch thanks to Facebook.
- I'm thankful for the kindness of strangers.
- This comes from many places. It overwhelms me at times to think about the individuals, foundations and organizations that come together to support me, my fundraising, my wellness and my quality of life.
It's the giving season.
Please consider making a donation this Giving Tuesday.
I can't thank the people that have already donated to help me get through my trip to California and recovery from my upcoming brain surgery. All our savings has been spent on my lung cancer battle. There is no savings and very limited paid time off work to get us through the next 10-12 weeks.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help collect needed funds to get me through this difficult time. To make a donation to my Go Fun Me account, click the DONATE button.
|Lisa Moran Battles Brain Disease|
If you prefer to make a Tax Deductible donation this Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to these charities that are near and dear to me.
- Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge 2018
- This will benefit the Chris Draft Family Foundation/Team Draft
- If over $1000 is donated to my campaign, 50% of the donations will benefit the Lung Cancer Colorado Fund.
- Angel Flight West
- This organization is helping me arrange a free flight to California for my brain bypass surgery.
- Stanford Neurosurgery Department
- You can specify your donation be given to my surgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg or to the Moyamoya Center to help in discovering the cause of this terrible disease and develop new treatments.
- LifeSpark Cancer Resources
Now, on to my Thanksgiving Traditions.
As I'm posting this blog entry, I'm watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. To attend in person is a bucket list item of mine. I have the mac n cheese in the crockpot. Some of you know my "secret ingredient". Since moving to Colorado, Thanksgiving weekend 1999, it seems more traditional to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends than family. Jeremy and I will be joining friends for dinner today. For those of you that have opened your homes and set a place at your thanksgiving table for me,