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Elisabeth L.

My Mimi was just 63 years old when she heard the devastating words "you have stage IV non-small lung cancer." With grace and dignity she spent the next three months fighting for her life never losing sight of the needs of others. My Mimi was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who will never be forgotten.

Despite her suffering, she was always more concerned with the well-being of her family and friends. She always tried to find a way to spare others the anguish and grief this disease had brought upon others.

Due to her misdiagnosis as having a common cold, her treatment was delayed and the cancer had metastasized to the lining of her heart and her brain. Sadly, after three short, and very fast months, my grandmother lost her battle on September 8, 2000.

While it's never easy to receive a cancer diagnosis, it shouldn't happen by chance or late in the game. I am sharing my family's story because I believe that greater awareness about lung cancer can save lives and together we can make a difference.

First published: November 3, 2016

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