Week 78 & 79: Lizzie's last breath

Written by Lars Haakon Soraas

Weeks 78 and 79 in the war on cancer has passed. I don’t quite know how to write this blog post. So I will stick with the routine. Even if writing this week’s post is no routine. Here goes:

  • Two weeks ago, we went to Prague for a few days of holiday. Very nice.
  • On the way home, Dyanne went to Frankfurt to get a new vaccine injection.
  • We then went to the mountains here in Norway for a week of snow, skiing and “winter holiday”.
  • Dyanne has dabbled with taking tetrathiomolybdate (TTM), but got some stomach issues after the first pill, and is now considering whether to try again. Here is an article giving the rationale for why to try TTM. If you have breast cancer and poor survival odds, TTM is probably one of the more promising things you can try. We hope it can also help with lung cancer.

Then to the harder part of this blog post. Here is from the the blog from lizzie’s lungs:

My name is Elizabeth Dessureault. In April of 2015, I was diagnosed with advanced stage non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer. As an otherwise healthy, non-smoking young adult, this news came as a complete shock. At the time, I was 26 years old and pregnant with my first child. I was also told that my cancer was incurable and that I had less than a year to live.

As a teacher, newlywed and mother-to-be, I refused to accept the prognosis and had my tissue sent to the United States for genetic testing. At 5 months pregnant I began chemotherapy. I finished 3 cycles before giving birth to my beautiful and healthy son Jack, two months prematurely.

Jack is now motherless. Elizabeth’s husband is now a widow. Elizabeth herself is – dead. Her mother has lost a child.

Elizabeth was a lung cancer activist. She worked to increase awareness of lung cancer and to increased research on the disease. Please visit her blog and read more about all what she did to help both current and future generations of lung cancer patients: https://fromlizzieslungs.com.

And if you want to help continue the battle that Elizabeth started, please consider the following: The Norwegian Lung Cancer Association is a relatively small organization today and does not, unfortunately, have the impact it deserves. We want to make this a stronger organization so that it can do more good for many more lung cancer patients. Would you like to help us with this? If so, please contact me (). You will need to live in Norway and be ready to put in some hours (with no financial compensation). Deadline for contacting me is Tuesday this coming week (28th February).

For Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Dessureault, lung cancer patient and activist, died this week. She was 27 years old.

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