Darlene Gant went out on a limb when she posted a YouTube video detailing her battle with breast cancer -- one that she thought she was definitely losing. In the video, she talked about a drug called pertuzumab, which could buy her a bit more time with her husband and 11-year-old son, and possibly even save her life.
But since the drug isn't due to be released until June and doctors told Darlene she probably wouldn't live that long, she recorded the video with the mindset that she was likely saying a final goodbye to her family. She even spoke about picking out birthday cards to leave behind to be given to her son each year after her death. Talk about a heartbreaking task! As a mother, I can't even fathom having to do something like that. The idea of not seeing my son grow up is just way too much to bear.
But thanks to the power of social media, Darlene was given an incredible gift.
You see, so many people were moved by her video, that they contacted the drug company and pleaded with them to give the medication to her on a trial basis so that she might have a shot at life. And amazingly, they actually listened. The makers of pertuzumab spoke to Darlene's doctors, who agreed to let her have the drug early for "compassionate use."
And now instead of taking her last breaths, she's getting ready to spend Mother's Day with her husband and son, and even seeing the possibility of surviving this horrible disease. Wow. It's pretty amazing how much her future changed simply by hitting the publish button on YouTube. Doesn't it make you so happy to see the power of social media being used for something so positive? It just goes to show that people do care, and they are listening. It's amazing just how much help you can get by sharing a personal struggle online. And hopefully the next time Darlene posts a YouTube video, it will be to deliver a message of wonderful news.
Here is Darlene's potentially life saving video -- make sure to get a box of tissues before watching it.
How have you used social media for positive purposes in your own life?
Image via DarleneGant/YouTube