Paying it forward - your support means a lot to me and to thousands of others who may need it - please help us!
Friday, October 24, 2008 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater
The picture above is my son, Danny, who is surrounded by just a few of the loving, caring, generous walkers who joined us last year. Danny is a Cancer Survivor today, on the road to remission, thanks to the help we received from total strangers who are now part of our family! Those who selflessly reached out and helped us when we needed it most - we are paying it forward - Join us!
What are the symptoms? What should I look for?
I have been asked this many times over the past few years and thought maybe this would be a good place to try and help the understanding.
The hard answer is, most people have NO symptoms. Some have symptoms that are so non specific, they look just like something else, like:
Sounds like the flu or a cold or an allergy right? Since there are no specific symptoms, get everything checked! It is worth a check to the doctor, worst case you will be called "overprotective". I was called that over and over and frankly, had I not been, I would not have my son today. I received a myriad of diagnosis from cat scratch fever to ibuprofen allergy. All were incorrect and could have cost my son his life had I not been suspect of them. Some just sounded wrong.
- swollen glands
- abdominal pain
- tingling in an extremity (arm or leg)
- swelling of an extremity (arm or leg)
- weight loss
- night sweats
- lethargic or lack of energy
Go with your instincts.
Just like anything else, if it does not sound right to you, look it up, research and learn. If it still does not sit right then keep going until it does. I don't mean to scare you or make this a drama story but truly, it is a matter of life and death if there is an error is diagnosis.
We went for 8 months, from doctor to doctor before Danny was correctly diagnosed. That is a very long time and a ton of doctors to go through. The delay caused his cancer to metasisize and required more treatment
We were lucky and found the LLS and some very good and caring doctors at Miami Sylvester Cancer Center and Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital who were fast to act and saved his life.
Please join us and support our walk as we try to keep the LLS available for everyone who may need it today or in the future.
Your donation, regardless of size, means so much to the families, like mine, who felt so powerless and lost who found support, medicine and friendship in an hour when we needed it more than we knew.
You are most welcome to join us in the walk as well! We have great fun last year the festivities are AWESOME! Click here to join us and walk on our team, Danny's Angels!