In September 2009, my wife, Darlene, was trimming hedges to clear away things in preparation for a painting contractor to paint our house. She was using what she called a “small” battery operated chainsaw to trim some wax myrtles. Each day when I arrived home from work, I drove up to another mound of trimmings. For this, she affectionately became known as Paul Bunyan.
One week later, she felt pain in her chest. Thinking it was some sort of heart condition, she went to a local urgent care office. I didn’t hear from her for a while, so I called her cell. No answer. I called the urgent care office. The doctor told me that her heart was fine, but they found a spot on her right lung the size of a ping pong ball. My heart sank. I knew that it wasn’t good.
Darlene called a local surgeon that we know. We were in his office the next week. As we sat waiting on the surgeon, we were both hopeful that he would confirm that the spot was nothing. Darlene asked what he thought we were facing. The surgeon said, “I think we’re looking at lung cancer.” We were both speechless and felt like we had been socked in the stomach.
A seasonal fashion show to tie into Darlene’s modeling career with Stewart Models in New York and Japan. Entry fee of $75 per person, silent auction event prior to the show followed by a “cause auction” where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on items that Hollings needs ranging from $125 to $500 using a paddle to increase the number of participants and maximize the fundraising.
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