Mea's Day at the Beach
Symbolic of Mea Pierman’s love for the beach, these socks are a soft polyester blend sitting just below the calf. Lightweight and moisture wicking, they are versatile for whatever the day brings.
Proceeds will benefit the Healing Arts Program at Levine Cancer Institute
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"I learned that just because a doctor says something does not make it so. My doctor told me I had 18-24 months to live and three years later I’m still going. I think attitude helps a lot, it may not cure your cancer, but it can help you better live with cancer.”
Hearing Mea Pierman describe her 60th birthday, it’s hard not to feel pity, and yet, the cheerful laugh on the other end of the receiver tells me that she’d much prefer to share a laugh together than bask in pity. After three months of attempting to diagnose a sharp pain in her lower right back, a colonoscopy on her 60th birthday revealed that Mea had appendiceal adenocarcinoma, a cancer of the appendix that had spread to her abdomen. Let me repeat, this woman was describing her 60th birthday, a day that included a colonoscopy and cancer diagnosis, with nothing but cheer. This is Mea Pierman. Mea is now 63-years-old living with cancer that, according to her doctor, should’ve already taken her life. Laughter, may in fact, be medicine.
Pierman strongly believes her successful survivorship is a credit to the physicians, staff, programming, and community at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC, as well as the support of her faith, family and friends.
“I’m doing yoga 2-3 times per week, Tai Chi once per week. I’m part of a writing community and participate in many different art classes. My doctor understands and agrees that quality of life is as important as anything. My family has expanded to include all my friends from work and LCI. I depend on them like family and they depend on me—that’s what I expect.”
Although Pierman wouldn’t take credit for it directly, she is a cornerstone of that community. In fact, it was Pierman who convinced fellow Levine patient, Sherrie Webster, to join her at Levine’s Healing Arts Program.
“I’m a terrible artist, but it turns out Sherrie is awesome. I told her when she becomes a famous artist, she needs to give me the props. We all decided that we hate her because she’s too good,” Pierman says with laughter.
Although it seems unlikely that they’ll be able to wipe out her cancer completely, Pierman is continuing chemotherapy to keep it at bay. As you might expect, she does everything she can to prevent her care from interfering with her quality of life. In fact, she’s determined to plan her care around her life and not the other way around. “Most of the time I just book the trip and tell my doctor we need to work around those dates. He’s pretty awesome about it.”
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