In August 2020, I got a call that I hoped to never receive. One of the most important people in my life, my now mother-in-law, had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The days and weeks that passed were a whirlwind as we fought to get answers about Lynn’s prognosis. We feared the worst and spent many a night holding each other as tears streamed down our faces. But we experienced nothing compared to what Lynn had to and continues to experience on a daily basis. From the excruciating pain to the loss of abilities we all take for granted, cancer leaves no stone unturned.
At a time when our luck felt absent, we were fortunate enough to be directed into the hands of the amazing oncology team at Dana-Farber. Not only were they so knowledgeable, but also they spoke and acted with the utmost compassion. They made Lynn feel as comfortable as possible and treated her like the superwoman that she is.
The thing about a horrific experience like this is that it really puts things into perspective. While I pride myself on being a planner, cancer has a way of making the future all too uncertain. So when it hit our family, I realized that my trivial worries no longer mattered. All that matters is that we make the most of the precious time we have with those we love.
It has not been easy, but Lynn has persevered and fought her hardest. She made it out to Palm Springs to celebrate our wedding just one year after her diagnosis. Despite her fatigue, she gave the speech of a lifetime, one that I will never forget. Every day I am thankful that we’ve gotten two more years and hopefully many more ahead. None of this would have been possible without the cutting-edge research and the compassionate care team at Dana-Farber. I will be walking proudly in October for Lynn, for the amazing women in her support group, and for so many others out there in need of treatment. Please join me by donating to Dana-Farber to help us all reach a better world: a world without cancer.