Alabama – I lost my precious Mama, Hazel, who was also my friend. She looked much younger than her years. She was diagnosed with lung cancer after 25 years of being uterine cancer free. On 5/18/2010 she had surgery for metastases to the brain. On 11/19/2010 the radiologist thought they spotted something more. The pulmonologist said it was scar tissue. January 1, 2011, the day she died, was the worst day of my life. Mama never smoked a day in her life. She worked in shirt factories for years.

Know the signs. Knobby fingers-we thought was arthritis. Shoulder pain-thought because she was so active. Treated for bronchitis for a year for a slight cough. Had I known this, Mama may still be alive.