Let me tell you about my friend Andy Swan. He is something short of a big deal. He is an award winning director, editor, writer, the works. He lives in LA with his beautiful wife and his 3 year old son. Andy is only 34 years old. Andy is quite physically active. He enjoys cycling and rides in Bike MS every year. Andy has never smoked a cigarette a day in his life.
Recently Andy was diagnosed with stage IV nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) adenocarcinoma. He has a tumor on his lung that caused it to collapse and it has spread to his ribs and even broken one of his ribs. Andy started chemo yesterday and he has a long road ahead of him.
When I received the news that Andy was sick I think I went into shock. My brain could not process the information that my friend, who has a sweet little boy to raise and a wonderful wife who needs him, was sick. Sick with cancer. That bastard who takes away so many people that we love.
After the shock wore off I was simply pissed. I went to the store and purchased a card. All the cards were so sappy and lovey and I hated all of them. Finally I found one that fit my mood, my Cancer Is A Bastard, mood. Something that really said the way I felt. It made me feel better, but not by much.
Team Andy is going to fight this and Team Andy is going to win. For Andy I would walk in one of those awareness walks. This is a big deal as not many people can move me to exercise. It’s simply not my thing.
Andy has gone above and beyond for me more times than I can count. Big things too, not just small things that friends do for each other. I rarely have a chance to do anything for him. Now I can.
I am asking you to pray for Andy and his family. If you don’t pray please think positive thoughts. Do whatever it is you do that brings positivity into the world. Help me tell him that people care and people are thinking about him every day.
If you would please leave a comment below just saying something nice so he has something to read at his next chemo session.You can even tell an motivational survivor story of your own, or a funny joke or anything.
UPDATE: Andy Swan passed away on February 8, 2011, barely one year after his diagnosis. His memory lives on in our hearts.
The Greatest Healing Therapy Is Friendship and Love. Hubert H. Humphrey