In the fall of 2007, I had an emergency appendectomy. Although the procedure went fine, tests revealed other symptoms which were “suggestive of metastatic disease” (Stage IV cancer). Two weeks later, radiologists at a separate medical facility came to the same conclusion, with test results “suggesting metastatic disease”. Although not an official diagnosis, from my perspective, it looked grim.
Fortunately, after several months of tests and scans, doctors determined I was cancer-free. All that remained were multiple non-calcified nodules scattered throughout both lungs.
Those months were the most difficult of my life. They also gave me a new perspective into what goes through the mind of someone facing life’s darkest moments.
Some of my clearest memories were, in moments of despair, of making my way to my computer in the middle of the night – hoping to see a message from someone. Fortunately for me, I am blessed with an extended network of family and friends. And over those months, many reached out (mostly via email) with compassion, hope and love.
In the years that followed, I have had a burning desire to help others in the midst of similar battles. Some bravely, some with anxiety – and some in great fear. Regardless of the situation, there is something we can all do to infuse a degree of hope and peace back into these people’s lives… and that is simply to let them know we are there and that we care.Kevin Lengkeek
President and Founder
Love Transfusion, Inc.
1201 N. Orange St
Wilmington, DE 19801