10 years ago today I was driving to work at Yahoo! and got a call from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz saying that I had lung cancer.
I pulled over.
Took a breath.
And headed to work.
It was devastating news, but I didn't know how to process it. Lung Cancer 5-year survival rates were 15%. I had Jane, and my kids were too young. I was too young.
Most of you know the story by now. I had surgery to remove a lobe of my lung, chemo for several months. I had to let go of my startup 12seconds. I had to survive. Started at eBay. The cancer returned in 2011 as Stage IV. You don't want to Google survival rates for Stage IV Lung Cancer. I started what would become nearly 5 years of chemo - 55 cycles.
And I'm still here. I'm still here because of my incredible doctors and oncology nurses in Santa Cruz, UCSF, UC Davis, Harvard, and Providence Portland. I'm still here because of Rocky, Jenny, and Jocelyn. May and May Day. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Stupid Cancer. The great insurance coverage that I've been privileged enough to receive. Of course, I'm here because of the love of my amazing, tenacious, and beautiful family. We are survivors for sure. But I'm also here because of you. The support you've given me either here on Facebook or in person or other ways has been unbelievable. Just knowing that I wasn't alone and that people had my back was enough to keep me going. You lifted me up and kept me connected. I appreciate that so much!
I chose today to officially release the first single on Lung Records. Patrick Goddard's Apparition. I've known Pat since the third grade and we've survived a lot over those years. My son Isaac played drums on it and my brother Adam played sax, flute, melodica, and tambo as well. Lung Records is a way for me to celebrate the joy that music brings to me, my family, and my friends.
This week 100% of all sales for the 7-inch vinyl or downloads will go to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. That also includes the sales from the pre-orders. Please support this great cause via the link below.
Take a breath.