Lung Leavin’ Day
What would you do if faced with the terrifying reality that you are certain to die? You also have a young husband, and an infant child. What do you think of them? What about their futures? Lung Leavin Day is about this heart-rending fear, and the reality of it. It’s about learning how to face that fear and still have the dignity to move on. This day is about honoring those who had to overcome their fear and find the strength to move forward. It’s about learning how to face fear head-on and keep your dignity and grace while moving forward. It’s about celebrating those who have faced malignant pleural cancer. She stated that her world was still frozen in that moment. All she could think of was her little girl, three months old, and her husband of six years. She could have been frozen in fear, but she was determined to take action. She had to have her left lung, pericardium and diaphragm removed. With the support and love of her family and friends, it took her months to fully recover. Heather Von St. James started a tradition with her family of writing down their fears and worries on a plate and smashing them to prove that they had power over their fears. Do you not agree that this is an empowering way to express your feelings? Heather and her family have been celebrating the day for over 11 years. This is quite a difference from the 15 months she received at first. Heather’s sister gave the day its name. It’s a wonderful day to celebrate victories over cancer and anything else that can cause you to freeze. Find a plate, and write down all your worries, fears, and concerns. Find a safe spot and smash the bugger. You will find that your worries and fears will fall to pieces as you move. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can still find strength in doing something. Write down all your worries on the paper. You can then either tear it or crumple it! Do not let fear control you. You can share your fears with someone. Partridge the responsibility. It’s easier to manage a large task with help. It is not necessary to keep fear in check. Find a safe spot and smash the bugger. You will find that your fears will also fall apart as you move to a safer place. You can find strength in doing something. You can also do the same exercise with paper if that is not your cup of tea. Write down all your worries on the paper. You can then either tear it or crumple it! Do not let fear control you. You can share your fears with someone. Partridge the responsibility. It’s easier to manage a large task with help. It is not necessary to hide your fear. Yes, smile. You remember how to smile, I’m sure. Smile, no matter how difficult things seem. Honor your battle. Your strength is important. You might even want to treat yourself with a piece of ice cream or a cookie. Be strong.