My name is Shannon Higdon and four weeks ago my life was drastically shaken when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer. I had gone to my doctor with only a sore armpit, and within a week, I had received the diagnosis. This news rocked my entire family, especially considering I’ve never smoked in my life. My husband Sterling and I have two kids, Hannah (18) and Hayden (15). The day after I received my diagnosis, my husband and I took Hannah to college at Boise State University. It was an emotional weekend, to the extreme, saying goodbye to her. We agreed that she should still go to school, not knowing what my future held. Our son Hayden, is a fully included student with autism at YLHS. He is the most amazing, intelligent, young man. He’s dealt with the news in the only way he knows how, by wanting to research it. His brilliant mind wanted answers and solutions. Along with receiving the crushing news, I was placed off of work due to the stress and severity of my case. I have been a special education teacher for the past 21 years, working specifically with children with mild to moderate disabilities. My passion has always been to help my students achieve greatness, and that has been taken away from me, for the time being. Right now, I have to focus on my mental and physical health, following an extremely strict cancer diet, and receiving treatment to beat this vicious monster. I will prevail.