I have not shared this news with many here, but have decided to explain the certain absents in the next few weeks as I have surgery and recover from same. I am not asking for sympathy only prayer and positive thoughts to support me in my quest to beat this.
Last October I had a nasty case of pneumonia and was required to stay in the hospital for about 11 days, during this time I was also told I had Lung Cancer. After numerous tests it was confirmed and the course of treatment was decided – after undergoing 2 Chemo treatments the medical staff decided surgery must be done – the Cancer has not spread at this time, it is centralized to a mass in my upper lobe of my left lung.
During the testing for the Lung Cancer I was in a limbo stage – they were certain it was Cancer but not certain as to the degree it would affect my life as I know it. I had lost over 35 pounds and the uncertainty of my future forced me to really appraise my life in a REAL way. We all think what would happen at times, it’s a natural thing I suppose. But until the reality that you may not have many sunrises / sunsets left to view sets in, it is just passing thoughts many times taken for granite.
I am not a religious person, but am very spiritual. Who could ever say there was not a GOD after some of the things in nature I have had the pleasure and privilege to witness. Some of these things I have been able to capture – others I just stood amazed in awe finding no need to photograph, and those are still as vivid now as the moment I viewed them in my mind.
I am going to BEAT LUNG CANCER; I have so much left to do! I am not the best photographer in the world and never will be, but my passion shows in much of my work, even if only I can see it! It is therapeutic and I love to attempt to replicate a scene just as I view it, to share – not to own!
Any and all positive thoughts would be greatly appreciated ``
During my downtime I will be selecting images for a 2010 calendar project in which all the proceeds will be donated to the American Lung Association & St Jude’s Hospitals for Children. Please find it in your hearts to see the great work both organizations do and directly donate to them through their websites.