Something pretty awesomely amazing.
Some truth, some courage, and some plate smashing -no tarp required!
Last month, I received an email from a man named Cameron. He told me about his brave wife, Heather.
Once upon a time, Cameron and Heather had a beautiful baby, Lily. A short time later, Heather was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (mesothelioma) and was given 15 months to live.
Fifteen months to mother, fifteen months to love, fifteen months to LIVE.
Heather had a life-saving surgery on February 2nd... her left lung was removed. That was EIGHT years ago, you guys. EIGHT... a far cry from 15 months.
Each year on February 2nd, Heather and Cameron (and Lily!) invite their friends and family to join them around a bonfire where they write their greatest fears on plates and SMASH them.
It's Lung Leavin' Day.
The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life!
They've asked me to share their story because they want YOU to know that February 2nd isn't just another Groundhog Day.
It's the eight year mark for Heather! It's a celebration of life, of love, of loving life, and loving memories of those whose greatest fears were realized.
Most of all, it's about not letting fear control, cripple, or debilitate.
Scroll down and read Heather's story. And though her story is different from our story in the details, one vein of truth remains in all of our stories: FEAR is real and powerful.
My therapist encourages me to simply give voice to my fears, how spelling them out will automatically take their power away.
Heather and Cameron know this -and they're giving us all the chance to WRITE our fears on a virtual plate and watch as our fears are shattered before our eyes.
Do it for yourself.
Do it because there's others out there fighting.
Do it for love.