Making Life Easier for Moms


Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and most difficult jobs there is. So imagine being a mom who is also battling cancer. When I was 29 and diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer, my first thoughts were how am I going to get through this and reassure my kids I would get better? While on active duty in the US Navy, I signed up to fight for my country, but never did I think I would be fighting for my own life.

This Mother’s Day, as we thanked our moms for all they do, I’d like to make life a little easier for the moms and others dealing with cancer. Fortunately, Congressman Kevin Brady can help by co-sponsoring federal legislation to increase access to palliative care.

Palliative care is specialized medical care that applies a team-based approach to the coordination of care and the treatment of a patient’s pain and other symptoms. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.

This year in Texas, 115,730 will hear the words “you have cancer” for the first time. Some of them will be moms, and others will be their loved ones. I strongly urge Congressman Brady to support legislation to help bring quality of life and care together for the millions of families facing cancer.

Latina Starling

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Spring, Texas

Lights of Hope now in full swing




I need your help in doing something really big by August 2014. My goal is have to 15 luminaries sold and decorated in honor of your loved ones or your friends loved ones. Loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer or lost their lives due to cancer.

Every year at the Relay races and Lobby Day in Washington DC these decorated luminaries with pictures and favorite moments decorated by you are put on display. Last year I was able to witness in Washington DC the long line of people who have been affected by cancer. It was emotional and you could definitely feel their spirits with us. No one ever wants to be told you have cancer or see someone whom you love be taken away by it. The money raised goes toward cancer research with the American Cancer Society.

I’ve been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for a year now and I love doing what I do sharing my story and helping in the fight against cancer.

​When you go online to donate make sure you mention my name “Latina Starling” as the person who asked you to purchase a lights of hope.​ Please share this post with your co-workers, family, and friends, thank you for reading.

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