Katherine is a lovely 26-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan 2, 2014. Two years ago, she had an area of the breast evaluated and physicians felt it was most likely benign. No biopsy was done. When it grew and continued to bother her, she had the lump removed. Everyone was very surprised to find that the “benign” lump was breast cancer. She married her long-time boyfriend 5 months prior to her diagnosis. Katherine works as a nurse in an ER, and her husband is a dedicated elementary school teacher. She is off of work right now recovering from surgery, and would like to take even more time off during chemotherapy, but is unsure how much she will be able to take. Living on her husband's salary and affording medical bills has been difficult for them. In addition, the couple had planned to take a honeymoon in March, and would still like to go since her doctors have agreed to let her start chemo after the trip.
Through the generous donations made to L.I.F.E., in some small way we have been able to help out this young woman get through this difficult time.
Katherine - if you're reading this, we wish you all the best!
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From everyone here at L.I.F.E., we hope you all are able to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family this year.
2013 marks 4 years since Eric appeared on the news for that Thanksgiving special on WLUK Fox 11. His message was that he was very thankful just to be alive.
"It's a miracle that I'm sitting here talking to you doing this interview. Here I am 25 years old thinking this could be the end of it all. There's just so much out there I wanted to see and do, that was a pretty crazy 2 months or so (in reference to the bucket list) [Achieving remission] was one of the happiest moments of my life, given the prognosis that I was given, it was unbelievable. I'm thankful for what I have, I've got leukemia, and I've been told a number of times now I've got weeks or months to live, and I'm still here, and I'm thankful for that, and I'm thankful I have leukemia because I know somewhere else someone is having a heck of a lot worse day than I am."
Unfortunately those weeks and months had to come to an end, but we are absolutely thankful that we got the chance to have them. His spirit will be alive at our Thanksgiving table this year.
-The McLean Family