This is about a 24 year old young lady named Lindsay, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2008 at the age of 22 and underwent two surgeries within a nine month period. Just two weeks ago she was given the news that it has crossed over to the other side of her brain and it's time to get more aggressive with radiation and/or chemo. She opted for radiation due to the fact that chemo would be a two year plan and her doctors were worried she didn't have enough body mass to withstand the rigors of chemo. She just completed her first week of radiation today; so far so good (we hear week two gets rough!)
Several nights per week, you can find Lindsay downtown, whether it's Tacoma, Seattle or Portland. She usually shows up with several bags packed with food, hygiene items and under clothes. She's not afraid to spend time talking or just sitting with these people. She wants to hear their story and usually comes home with a heavy heart...but ready to go back out there the next day! Her philosophy is this, "If God wants to do a miracle and take my brain tumors away, that would be awesome! But if that's not the path He has for me, then I'm going to make a difference in as many lives as I can while I'm on this journey!" We were talking the other day and she made this profound statement, "I don't have time for brain cancer!"
Not wanting to forget any of her thoughts, feelings or experiences, she has just begun blogging her journey. Her site is under construction but you can read a few of her entries here Victory at Sea: http://tovictoryatsea.blogspot.com/
After she is finished with her radiation treatments mid-September, the doctors say it takes around six weeks to recover. Once she has regained her strength, she'll be heading to Los Angeles to volunteer at the Dream Center...a program to help get homeless teens off the streets. Her room and board is provided for a small fee of $300 per month which is half of what she receives from Social Security.
I stand in awe of this young woman. Not because she is my daughter, but because she truly is an AMAZING person!
Thanks for reading my story. I don't know how it will end, but nobody knows how their story will end. I do know she encourages me to make it a better one!