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Eileen's friends and family are coming together to help raise money to help her battle against lung cancer. We thank you for your support!

UPDATE 7/23/2012
We had a big day on Friday. John and I went with Mom for a second opinion at Sloan Kettering. When we met with Dr. Rizk, we unanimously decided to change our plan and schedule her surgery at Sloan. No better place, right? Mom has a very important procedure scheduled for this Saturday. They are going to operate to check her lymph nodes to see if the cancer is there. If it's not, then they will immediately schedule her pneumonectomy (that's the removal of her lung). She will be in the hospital for about a week and then a few weeks at my house to recover with lots of hugs and kisses - visitors welcome. If the cancer is in her lymph nodes, she will be getting chemo and radiation in PA before surgery in NYC.

Please keep us in your prayers and show her your support by clicking the "Hug" tab to send her a message or donate. I will be updating this page (and not FB) so check back for new information.

**ORIGINAL MESSAGE**
We were completely blindsided when my Mom went to the doctor for asthma and ended up in the ER. A few hours later, I was holding my Mom's hand when they told her she had a mass on her lung and needed a biopsy. Sadly, the doctor's suspicions were correct, she does in fact have Stage 2 Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer. Mom will be having surgery in the coming weeks to remove over half her lung followed by chemotherapy and possibly radiation.

I doubt that anyone is ever prepared to hear such life changing news especially as a nonsmoker in her early 50s, but she is strong and optimistic. Obviously, she wasn't prepared for this emotionally or financially after showing us and her 4 grandsons all so much generosity every day. Our fight is just beginning, but we know that we can get through this with the love and support of our friends and family.
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