September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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Last week marked The End! Mom finished her last chemotherapy treatment on 8/26/2013! She finished strong and feeling better than she has in a long time. She even worked at one of the polling precincts the next day. Today we had a talk about how she is ready to move forward and how she doesn’t want me to worry about her. Let’s face it Mom, I will always worry just as you will always worry about me. LOL I do feel that as a caregiver this marks the start of being able to focus on me again. I will always care for my mother, but truthfully the last two years have been hugely focused on her care. I have no regrets about the last two years, but as a caregiver I have to admit that there were times when self-care was not my focus and did not focus on certain things that I wanted to accomplish. I don’t think people realize how hard it is on the caregiver managing the patient’s care and treatment. I am thankful for the wonderful people at the Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) who have supported me over the last two years. I am also thankful for my family and friends who have also supported us during this process.

I am excited about the month of September and being able to focus on Blood Cancer Awareness. In fact on we have our first Advocacy Meeting on Wednesday for the new fiscal year! It is also the start of the Light the Night Campaign. And of course let me not forget to mention that I am raising money and training with Team In Training for the Women’s Running Half Marathon in St. Petersburg (http://pages.teamintraining.org/sun/StPeteHf13/drshanwalks). All month I will be posting about Blood Cancers. I invite you to check out some of the ways that you can help by visiting www.lls.org or by contacting me.