My cancer journey began when I found my lump back in December of 2015. And since then I have met survivors, thrivers, people fighting their own battles, people who are full of kindness and people who can’t even hear about what I’m going through without getting squeamish.
Earlier this year I met Father John who, even though he is facing his own battles, never stopped putting others before himself. During one of our visits, the story of how I met Mariah Carey came up, and he said, “I wish I could meet Lady Gaga.” Everyone in the room said, “Let’s make this happen”! Now, if you follow my story, cancer battles are similar to roller coasters and make our lives very hard to predict. Most major health issues are rollercoasters!
As Lady Gaga’s show approached, Father John’s roller coaster decided to go downhill and so he couldn’t see her show. I felt so guilty going without him, because I met my hero and he wouldn’t be able to meet his. The entire night I felt something was missing, and it empowered me to see what I could do to help make Father John’s dream come at least partly true. Mariah Carey sent me a shout-out when I was at my worst back in August 2017, so my goal was clear: Get Lady Gaga to make a shout-out video for Father John.
I have learned throughout my journey that anything is possible. This is so important to keep re-proving to myself, so I’m reminded over and over again that the impossible can and does happen — so a cure for metastatic breast cancer is possible.
Now, I can’t share all the secrets of how I got in Lady Gaga’s good graces .... but I shared my story with her about my battle with metastatic breast cancer (because as you all know I always need to spread awareness about MBC) and how a piece of me was missing that night because Father John was suppose to be the one to accompany me, and shared his story too. Lady Gaga said “Let’s see what I can do,” and boom — another miracle.
While waiting to see Lady Gaga after her performance, another remarkable fighter shared some of the details of her battle with breast cancer. Since we are all are fighting #onedieasebc, I knew I was in the right place at the right time not only to help make Father John’s dream come true but to help another fighter. Every time I wake up I never know where my mouth will take me or what doors will open. I guess I have my cancer to thank for making me a little less fearless — but when you are facing the ultimate battle with metastatic breast cancer, some things are just a little less scary.
THANK YOU LADY GAGA!!!!
Larissa Podermanski (Blog writer for Metastatically Speaking)