Tracey J. I wanted to share this story of the love of my life... New Jersey Tracey I wanted to share this story of the love of my life Joshua who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer that spread to his brain and kidneys this last May. He is 38 years old will be 39 on Aug 11th. Always been healthy his entire life, Joshua went to work like any ordinary day and that particular day he took ill and had to go to the emergency room and in a few days he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to his brain and kidneys and was told he had less than a year to live. Thus far, Joshua has had two brain surgeries and I am happy to report that the cancer is completely gone from his brain and the chemo sessions are going along great. He is still very strong and healthy and on an excellent diet plan, exercise, etc. From Joshua's perspective we would love to offer information that can be helpful to others, great tips to reduce stress, techniques to get the most effective sleep and rest, etc. By sharing his story we hope it can be inspirational to someone transitioning in life as they go on this journey. We hope to inspire others that have been or are going thru this life changing time. Thus far, Joshua have had two brain surgeries and I am happy to report that the cancer is completely gone from his brain and the chemo sessions are going along great... He is still very strong and healthy and on an excellent diet plan, exercise, etc from Joshua's perspective we would love to offer information that can be helpful to others, great tips to reduce stress, techniques to get the most effective sleep and rest, etc. By sharing his story we hope it can be inspirational to someone transitioning in life as they go on this journey. We hope to inspire others that have been or are going thru this life changing time...
Jessica L. We found out my mom had extensive stage small cell... Massachusetts Jessica We found out my mom had extensive stage small cell lung cancer in early March 2015. Before March she only had a slight but persistent cough. Within a few weeks of the initial diagnosis we had found out it had spread to her brain, liver, lymph nodes, and breast. We actually found out earlier today that it has now spread to her stomach and likely her colon (awaiting a colonoscopy). My mom is only 44 years old, but has been smoking at least a pack a day since she was 14. The treatments have taken a serious toll on her body but lucky for us her sense of humor is still intact. I know the outlook isn't great, I am just hoping she doesn't have to suffer any more than she already is. I am now desperately trying to get my friends and other family members to quit smoking. Such a terrible, terrible disease. For anyone reading this, do your best to quit smoking.
Danielle K. My Aunt. Energetic, Spiritual, Full of Attitude with... New Jersey Danielle My Aunt. Energetic, Spiritual, Full of Attitude with Love, Beautiful, Fighter and I can go on. My Aunt is a surviving breast cancer patient who was told she only had 6 months to live, she laughed and went to work on her body, mind and spirit. That was 15 years ago :) Although, now I sit in Hospice with her because she has lung cancer. It is difficult for me but I know she had a good run. It is difficult for me but I know 15 years ago I could have lost her but she fought. Those 15 years I am so grateful for! You too can fight and still live, you can beat lung cancer. Just like my Aunt beat the breast cancer the first time around. Don't give up, find strength in your mind and spirit and your body will follow. My prayers are with you. Please pray for my Aunt Thank you.
Lisa T. My beloved Aunt Lou was diagnosed with NSCLC in... Indiana Lisa My beloved Aunt Lou was diagnosed with NSCLC in October 2014 with a tumor on her spine and one on her liver. We were so shocked. She had been diagnosed a few months earlier with COPD which was rather odd considering she was 82 and had never had that diagnosis before. She complained to her primary care doctor about losing weight, but her primary care doctor ordered heart and lung function tests which she passed. She was diagnosed a month or so later with pneumonia. Put on antibiotics, x-rayed again and proclaimed to be okay. Little did we know, x-rays did not show her tumor. Her tumor was hidden behind her sternum and growing. Eventually a month or so more passed and she was still noticing how loose her clothes were. Her primary care doctor asked her if she wanted a CT scan. She of course replied yes. This showed something. By the time she had a biopsy in October, the cancer was advanced. If her primary care doctor had listened to her and ordered a test which might have revealed the cancer sooner, she might have been able to have been saved. I love my Aunt with all my heart and she bravely fought a very tough battle the past nine months. We lost her on 7/18/15 at age 83. If you or any loved ones experiences anything unusual, please insist on a CT scan. Had I known this when my Aunt was experiencing symptoms, it might have helped us find the cancer at a more treatable stage. Rest in peace, lovely Aunt Lou. I love you.
Meridith E. My mother has small cell lung cancer. She was... New Jersey Meridith My mother has small cell lung cancer. She was diagnosed with it in April of 2015. She smoked two packs of cigarettes per day for over 40 years of her life. For years, my brothers and I tried to get her to stop smoking. She would get so angry at me that she would hang the phone up or just end the conversation. My mother isn't a bad person, she was just heavily addicted to smoking and didn't want to deal with the thought of stopping. Well, it is July now and my mother's condition is deteriorating rapidly. This is an exceptionally vicious kind of cancer. It has attacked and degraded her both physically and psychologically. I feel as though I have already lost my mother. She hasn't truly been herself in months. The pain inflicted on the loved ones of those with this horrible disease is beyond terrible. I worry about my own health because I was exposed to second hand smoke for 25 years of my life. Please stop smoking! Do it for yourself and your loved ones!
Evan F. For over sixty years or more my mother like a mother... New Jersey Evan For over sixty years or more my mother like a mother had lived with lung cancer. Her recipe for living with lung cancer is prayer and faith. She's a woman of faith. My mother just celebrated her 94th birthday. She's right in her mind. A fighter indeed.
Patti S. My mom has had a cough several times in the last... Ohio Patti My mom has had a cough several times in the last couple of years. Routinely diagnosed with bronchitis and allergies. Finally after 4 months of coughing this recent time they did an x-ray. They sent her for a CT scan. They said she has a mass the size of an orange. They also see cancer in her lymph nodes. They sent her for a PET scan and see something on her adrenal gland. She went for an MRI yesterday. She hasn't had a biopsy yet that is scheduled for next week. My sister is an oncology nurse and she is helping us navigate through this process. My mom is 74 years and has always been the picture of health. I need advice. I am completely stressed out and am having trouble sleeping. My dad has health issues and we always thought he would go first. My mom is very religious and I consider a saint in my eyes. I would trade my life for her in a minute. Not everyone is blessed to have a mom like I have. I am looking for stories of hope. I want her to live as long as possible, but not be so sick she can't enjoy her life.
Doreen S. Sadly lung cancer silenced another beautiful voice... California Doreen Sadly lung cancer silenced another beautiful voice on June 25, 2015. My vibrant 73-year-old mom, Doreen passed away peacefully at home after losing the THIRD battle with lung cancer in 9 years. She never smoked. My mom was "accidentally" diagnosed in 2008 with Stage 3b NSCLC while getting a routine heart scan. Her heart was fine, but tests showed a spot in her lungs. A biopsy showed more cancer cells outside of the lung and she began the aggressive treatment of having her lung removed, chemo, radiation. Fast forward 7 years. In 2013, the cancer was on the march again. Round 2 of once again battling lung cancer. In April 2015, she completed her final radiation treatment but was told this time that although she had a good chance at survival, she would never be “cured”...the lung cancer would always be lurking. She begrudgingly accepted the road of “lifetime of cancer maintenance” but said she couldn’t complain: she was alive while many cancer victims weren't. That “cancer maintenance” road ended a month later when doctors discovered the lung cancer had spread into her spinal fluid and traveled to her brain. It was incurable and fatal. For years, doctors had been checking her brain for signs of a tumor, using all scan methods, but had never tested the spinal fluid for cancer "cells", since it is a rare occurrence (this metastatic lung cancer is called Meningeal Carcinomatosisis). My mom was put on massive doses a chemo pill in a cutting-edge attempt to extend her life---but it failed and 7 weeks later, she was gone. She volunteered tirelessly at St. Joseph's Hospital in CA as a lung cancer patient advocate. She felt such a responsibility to help other patients get through their difficult treatments because she knew firsthand how hard it is. She wanted to raise awareness that lifetime non-smokers (like her) can also get lung cancer. There is no “good” cancer vs. “bad” cancer: cancer chooses victims indiscriminately, and unfortunately, lung cancer has long had a negative stigma as a “smoker’s disease”. However my mom’s message to anyone who listens is: Lung cancer, plain and simple, is the #1 cancer killer of women. Her spirit is what we will forever keep in our hearts as we journey through our lives. My dear sweet mom flies with the angels now, but leaves behind the responsibility to never stop engaging (and donating) in the fight for lung cancer awareness and a cure, so that the word "Victim" will ALWAYS be replaced with the word "Survivor"!
Juanita L. In June of 2012 my Pop-pop was diagnosed with lung... Pennsylvania Juanita In June of 2012 my Pop-pop was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 62 years old. He had been very very tired, having to sit and catch his breath after just walking a block, sometimes even less. He also fell asleep at any given time, one time during dinner while still sitting at the table. My Mom urged him to go to the hospital after that. He was diagnosed with stage 4 (not sure which type) lung cancer and started chemo maybe 2 weeks later and after a few months was done treatment. He was then entered into rehab. The last time I saw him, though he was sleepy, he was able to hug and kiss everyone and I'm happy about that. Two days later my Mother was called because he didn't wake up, he was still alive but basically in a coma and died later that night. That was March, he barely made it a year. That was the most pain I have ever felt in my life. He stopped smoking 5 years before he was diagnosed.
Allana B. My Mom was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on... Maryland Allana My Mom was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on February 18 and was given 3 to 5 months to live. She is down to 85 pounds, sleeps a lot but is still getting up to let her dogs out and have coffee. Recently her feet started turning blue and one foot is swelling. Her cough has gotten worse over the past few weeks as well and this morning had wheezing in her lungs. This is the most horrifying thing to watch a loved one go through knowing the end is possibly near. I'm just so scared and my heart just aches. The most unfair thing ever to go through. We have signed up with Hospice and they have been a true blessing already.
robin h. My husband found out Oct 24, 2015 that he has stage... Ohio robin My husband found out Oct 24, 2015 that he has stage IV lung cancer-- small cell, a very aggressive cancer. He started chemo in Nov. finished it in Feb. and is now in radiation. I will never forget that day in the ER when the doctor came in the ER room with the awful news. He lost 20 lbs quickly and his mood changed tremendously 4 months prior to diagnosis. If we would have had him into the doctor and had him checked out, it might not have advanced to stage IV. But 4 months later when he became short of breath with talking and wheezing, I knew that he must have lung cancer. I never would have guessed it would be so advanced. So listen to your body. Pay attention to loved ones and everyone who keeps telling you something's wrong with your spouse. Get a complete check up and chest scan.
Corey W. I’m a 23-year-old girl who is beating stage IV lung... California Corey I’m a 23-year-old girl who is beating stage IV lung cancer. Just 2 weeks after graduating from UC Berkeley, I was walking down a street in San Francisco when I received an unexpected phone call. "Corey, you have adenocarcinoma. You need to see the doctor tomorrow." I Googled the foreign word - "The most common form of lung cancer." I’ve never smoked. Accepting the diagnosis was the most difficult part. Here I was in marathoner’s shape, having run a trail half marathon just two weeks before. I had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on my recent study-abroad trip. Yet, the statistics were stark; a 16 percent survival rate. At the time, I thought chemotherapy was my only option and that a clear PET/CT scan would be nearly impossible to achieve. Then I read about genomic testing and precision medicine, and I realized that this is my chance. Comprehensive genomic profiling and precision medicine together create a personalized treatment approach that targets a patient’s specific genetic cancer mutation. I loved the idea of my medicine seeking out specific cancer cells and zapping them. My first needle biopsy had been submitted for genomic testing, but only for the two most common genomic mutations. It was another huge blow when my oncologist told me I tested negative for both. Yet, he was confident we could still find something to save me from relying on chemotherapy, so we made the decision to have surgery to remove a nodule and submit it for a comprehensive genomic profiling. When the results came back, I felt like I had hit the genomic lottery. I am ROS-1 positive, a genomic alteration that qualifies me for a targeted therapy in the form of a pill. I take my precision medicine twice a day with few side effects and it keeps my cancer in remission. I am happily, and proudly, NED, “No Evidence of Disease.” Precision medicine has put my cancer on pause. It is the future of cancer treatment. Sadly, most patients still do not know these breakthrough tests and therapies exist, nor is it routine for doctors to offer this lifesaving test to all patients. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), collaborated with 16 advocacy groups to launch the “Don’t Guess. Test” campaign to educate patients and physicians about comprehensive genomic testing, helping to identify mutations and connect patients with breakthrough treatment options. For more information about “Don’t Guess. Test.” please visit www.dontguesstestlungcancer.com
Max M. My mom had been having a persistent cough for... Colorado Max My mom had been having a persistent cough for several weeks. My sister insisted that she go see her doctor. A chest x-ray revealed fluid outside the lungs and a spot on the upper lobe of her left lung. Tests revealed stage 4 lung cancer. While waiting for further test results to come back in order to prescribe a treatment for her, she became weaker and more tired each day. By the time the results came back she was fighting pneumonia with three antibiotics. The tumor in her lung was blocking oxygen from getting in and the infection from getting out. My mom didn't want radiation treatment on the tumor to try to shrink it down in size. She knew the prognosis and fought a brave battle. In just 23 days from when she visited her doctor, she passed away. I can only hope to get the message out that if someone you know has a persistent cough for more than a couple of days, have them see their doctor about a chest x-ray. Also, everyone should have a radon test done on their houses, as radon gas exposure is a likely culprit of lung cancer.
meliss h. My husband started coughing in his sleep in... Pennsylvania meliss My husband started coughing in his sleep in September. By the end of December after a test we found out he has stage 4 lung cancer. He started chemo January 5th. He gets it every 21 days. I pray every day to not take him from me. In two weeks we do a CT to see if the chemo is working. I’m trying to stay strong.
Dawn W. My story is very short, we didn't even have time. I... Texas Dawn My story is very short, we didn't even have time. I knew something was wrong when I hadn't heard from my mom in a while. I contacted others and found out my mom was in the hospital. We thought it was pneumonia in both lungs. The doctors found a growth and did a biopsy. It was lung cancer. The day after the diagnosis she died. There was no time, it happened so fast. She was living in Costa Rica, so I was not able to get there. Guilt on my part is huge. I am an only child.
Cathy P. We found out today that my dad has stage IV... Pennsylvania Cathy We found out today that my dad has stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. He was a perfectly healthy 79 year old man who started coughing in Nov. 2014. Doctors treated him for bronchitis but the antibiotics didn't help. In late January, after finding a lesion/mass on his lower right lung lobe, they found fluid surrounding his lung. One liter was drained on a Wednesday. The following Monday he went back to have a biopsy of the lesion. They found three more liters built up in just a few days. He was in the hospital for 12 days trying to get the fluid under control. He came home on Friday and was very weak. He went to the oncologist today (Monday) for his first consult. Still very weak, he asked to be admitted. They plan to do chemo when he gains his strength. My family cannot wrap our heads around this. He was the picture of health just a few short months ago. I am looking for any signs of hope and help. He promised us he will fight it. Prayers to all suffering.
billy B. My husband, a smoker for 50 years, was diagnosed in... South Carolina billy My husband, a smoker for 50 years, was diagnosed in September 2014 with stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer involves lymph nodes and has advanced to his liver. He had a history of COPD for several years and cancer was found on routine x-ray. He was started on chemotherapy and after 1 cycle was too weak to continue so now we are in a month rest taking no meds and no treatment. I am his only support. It seems like friends and family have disappeared one at a time. I don't know what to expect or what comes next. The doctor doesn't say much except wait and see.
laurie c. My husband, John, was recently diagnosed with lung... North Carolina laurie My husband, John, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer following a visit to the hospital. He already knew he had COPD and when the Dr. told him he had pneumonia, a liter & a half of fluid was drained out of his lungs. Which has left him so weak that he cannot return to work. We will soon know what stage he's in and other options. I stay strong for us but sometimes I need support too.
Bernard B. Hi All - I am 58 and was diagnosed in January 2014... Virginia Bernard Hi All - I am 58 and was diagnosed in January 2014 with lung cancer stage 3b NSCLC after coughing phlegm with streaks of blood since mid-2013. Asked the normal question and heard survival was roughly 12 - 18 months maybe longer if treatment worked. They had survivors over 4 years. I did the 30 days of radiation and 2 courses of chemotherapy of 5 doses each. During the radiation I was sick as expected I could see my business was nose diving. CT scan in late May showed significant reduction in the tumor size which was localized to the right lung -no spread at all. I was very happy but had lost 25kgs weight and half the person I was 12 months ago. I had started getting my affairs in order so my wife and son were well taken care of when the time came. They are now in order but it took longer than I thought. Something made move up my next CT scan to mid-August the tumor had got 1cm bigger. It was now 8 months. I went back onto chemo 1 dose every 3 weeks, right from the 1st dose I went down and really could not work. My factory went on strike over an unrelated issue so I closed it there and then and sold off everything. We were in a good financial situation. I bought my wife a new house in Umhlanga Rocks, the Pearl of suburbs. After all she had been there for me over 35 years and allowed me total freedom to get on with the business. I sold the old one we stayed in for 20 years. My son, I had bought a beautiful home in Umhlanga in 2009 as a Christmas present. He is a helicopter pilot out of Durban and loves life like all pilots, married just over a year. I have invested well and neither need to work. He will of course-- pilots love their jobs. Expensive to train but love what they do. I have everything just not a future life. I still cry myself to sleep and ask why but life is life. I’m very scared of the future. Hoping to make it to December 25th which is the 1st time I’m really looking forward to having Christmas with my son and his family. I am treated fairly by my wife who stands by me not as a wife but a friend- I could not expect any more. I have stopped the chemo on Tuesday after 4 sessions. I should do 6 but all agreed chemo was hammering me and I am now wheel chair bound the last 2 months. This happened practically over one week. I am happy stay at home. Tried cannabis but made me sick but must work for some. So far so good or a lot better than I expected. Praying for a break through cure but we all are. I wish I had committed more to family life than business - memories work both ways. Yours and theirs. I hope they remember me well.
David B. My Mom Was Diagnosed With Stage 4 Lung Cancer In... Florida David My Mom Was Diagnosed With Stage 4 Lung Cancer In 2009. She Passed away in 2012. I Miss Her Very Much. I Was There For Her Through Her Battle.She Is My Guardian Angel. Love Her And Miss Her Very Much.
Michele H. I was diagnosed with SCLC last May and have... Alabama Michele I was diagnosed with SCLC last May and have concluded chemotherapy and radiation (right lung) and Prophylactic Brain Irradiation. At this point there is no evidence of cancer where they have scanned me. This is great. Unfortunately, I have extremely low BP 86/63 and a fast pulse 100 and experience a debilitating amount of dizziness and weakness. I also have shortness of breath, cough, headaches, lower back aches and peripheral neuropathy in my feet and hands. I went to my oncologist's team and the upshot is that "if there is no active cancer, there is not anything they can do for me". "We do follow up blood tests and scans and take care of cancer." I've made an appointment with my old Internal Medicine doc and a pulmonologist. When I saw the pulmonologist he asked if an adrenal panel had been run for the low BP/dizziness. I said no and he ordered a morning cortisol test which was low. Then he suggested I go back to my oncologist to get taken care since they had more of my history. I am feeling like there is a really important of post-chemoradiation care component missing from the "system" (let's hope it’s just me). This would be some kind of Internal Medicine doctor who is knowledgeable about chemo and radiation side effects and can help you go "Live life" as my oncologist told me when they said my tumor had shrunk enough that they could do PCI. This also makes me wonder about what kind of care I will find if/when the cancer comes back and I choose not to do any more treatment. Will the cancer center show me the door? A funny anecdote: Yoga is encouraged, so I took a one on one gentle yoga class from a teacher who is also an RN. I had to slide down the wall from dizziness after stretching one arm up. She took my pulse and we did the rest of session lying down because my pulse was too fast. I have some appointments set up and do wish there was a discipline for post chemoradiation side effects. My trust with my oncologist is pretty much broken at this point. To use a boxing analogy: She is a top notch cut man, but for now I am out of the cancer fighting ring and I need a trainer.
Mary B. In Jan. 2013 I had a CT prior to an endo/colonoscopy... Virginia Mary In Jan. 2013 I had a CT prior to an endo/colonoscopy to determine the reason for abdominal pain. I found our I had gallstones and needed surgery. In addition to that news I heard I also had a 1x1.3 cm. speculated nodule in my left lower lobe. Talk about terror. After a barrage of tests surgery for a lobectomy was done in Feb. and 3 mo. later gallbladder removal. I am so thankful for gallstones. I do know that early detection is the key to long term survival and as a celebration I got a tattoo. I showed it to my surgeon and told him to make a chart notation that I had ENOUGH of this disease, scare, tests, etc.
Shirley H. I was diagnosed with lung cancer with mets to the... Virginia Shirley I was diagnosed with lung cancer with mets to the bone, Stage 4 on October 7, 2013. I have worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years. I had been complaining about back and leg pain, seeing doctors, and getting epidural injections. I had a clean MRI in January of 2013. I was trying everything to find relief. Visited Physical Therapy, doing what they asked. Pain after visits. Back pain increased and I was hammered with back spasms. Emergency room visit and insisting on a MRI in October 2013 revealed a fractured back from lesions. I am just finished One Year of oral chemo for targeted therapy. My family and friends have been an exceptional part of my survival. My attitude is fighting. I am calmer now and don't let my illness keep me from laughter. There is no cure for lung cancer. Prior to my diagnosis I knew one in eight women got breast cancer. Working with women I saw those odds. But I didn't realize that lung cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women. I'm sad that by the time I was diagnosed I didn't have a chance. I am hoping that more money goes into finding a lung cancer Cure.
Angela K. This is the beginning of our journey. My mom was... New York Angela This is the beginning of our journey. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer metastatic to the brain on Oct 12, 2014. This diagnosis crushed me as we are very close, and she's only 50 years old. Right away I researched stage 4 lung cancer and instantly read the statistics, making the disease a death sentence. They told her she had a mass in her brain and one in her lung, both a decent size although I don't know the exact measurements. They did surgery in the hospital and removed the tumor from her brain which is what initially was causing symptoms. The surgeon said it was about the size of a grape but was luckily in a reachable spot. She was then referred to a thoracic surgeon who ordered a CT scan of her other organs to determine how widespread the cancer was. When the results came back, he stated that there was no sign of the disease in her other organs. He said she may be a very rare case of stage 4 where when only 2 single tumors exist, and both are operable. He ordered a pet scan to see if other cancer could be detected on there. Once again the pet scan showed no further sign of the disease. He said her chances of 5 year survival went from 1% to around 25%. She needed an oncologist. I researched our area to find the best doctors and made an appointment at Roswell. He agreed with the thoracic surgeon’s treatment approach and surgery has been scheduled for Nov 24th. The tumor in her lung is contained to the upper right lobe which will be removed entirely. We're scared. However we are trusting the doctors and going forward. Thank you for reading our story.
bob b. On Sept 3, 2013 I came home from work feeling good.... Ohio bob On Sept 3, 2013 I came home from work feeling good. Had to go to bathroom and when I went- nothing but blood. Long story short, I ended up in hospital. I had a tumor on my left kidney the size of grapefruit. I had it removed and during surgery the urologist found nodules on my left kidney. A biopsy found it to be stage 4 lung cancer. I am now on cancer pill daily. I am on it two weeks and then off one. It has worked. CAT scan showed it is shrinking. In October tumors started growing again. I am back on the pill -this time for two months then CAT scan again. What I really want say is, all of us with cancer will fight. We make peace with our life and live it as best we can. I cherish my days and take it as it comes. I know the whole treatment plan could change anytime but we will deal with it. I pray daily for all my brothers and sisters who are fighting for their life. Be strong and share your story, it helps.
Dawn H. In May 2013 I noticed a cough that wouldn't go away.... Washington Dawn In May 2013 I noticed a cough that wouldn't go away. After many visits to my primary care provider, two chest x-rays, and trying several allergy medicines and inhalers, I finally sought a second opinion. In August, 2014 I had a chest CT scan which revealed a tumor in my lung. From there, my PET scan confirmed that it has spread to my rib, spine and hip. I am 51 years old, a non-smoker and live a very healthy lifestyle. The shock that came with this diagnosis was unbelievable since both of my parents have had lung cancer. My father had the same as I do, Adenocarcinoma. My mother had squamous cell carcinoma, and my Mother has lost both a brother and sister to lung cancer. When my parents were diagnosed I did not know that the funding for lung cancer was so low due to a "stigma" that is associated with this disease. I believe that everyone deserves a chance at life, smoker or non-smoker. My goal in all of this is to raise awareness so that we can help fund research! So far, I have undergone 3 treatments and am going strong. I continue to work and exercise on a regular basis and will do so as long as I am able. I believe that a positive attitude will help me get through this and that it is important to share my story so that others out there will share theirs. Write your congressman and state senators, let's spread the word!
Helen M. In the last 4 years I have had 4 brothers and... North Carolina Helen In the last 4 years I have had 4 brothers and sisters diagnosed with lung cancer. One Stage 1, one Stage 2, One Stage 3 and One Stage 4. Sadly we lost our brother 5 weeks after his diagnosis. What surprised me the most is how some people think they brought it on themselves for smoking. There are other things that cause lung cancer. My sister who had Stage 3 still struggles with infections and coughing. I just wish as much emphasis and funding was given to lung cancer as it is breast cancer.
lisa f. My name is Lisa F. I am 52 years old. I was a smoker... Pennsylvania lisa My name is Lisa F. I am 52 years old. I was a smoker who quit about 6 years ago. Last winter I got sick several times, running fevers coughing a lot with a lot of mucus. I saw my doctor several times and he didn't seem worried about it. About a month later I got what I thought was another cold and I developed severe pain around my ribs. After a trip to the ER it was discovered that I had a nodule in my right lung. I was told not to worry it was probably nothing. After a pet scan I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in both lungs. I was in the first stage. They did a lobectomy on my right lung and took a segment from my left lung. Turns out that I had 2 primary cancers not related to each other. Has anyone else had two primary cancers? Right now I am NED and I have decided not to have chemo.
Dona G. My husband, Gary, was diagnosed with lung cancer... Wisconsin Dona My husband, Gary, was diagnosed with lung cancer last December, virtually no symptoms. He was having knee surgery and in the course of preparing for that, the spots on his lungs were found. He was diagnosed with Large Cell Neuro Endocrine lung cancer, stage 4. Of course after the initial shock of finding this out and facing your own mortality, we searched for any and all options to save his life. His Doctor was hopeful with a strong chemo regimen he could live up to a year and half. This was unimaginable to hear, as we were the couple that everyone always said was so in love and on an eternal honeymoon. Gary smoked for 30 years and quit smoking in 1995 when we met, I would not date a smoker and he quit on the spot. Gary powered through 6 strong regimens of chemo, as well as the many other trips to the hospital for transfusions and pneumonia. The knee no longer was the issue. Gary became ill with pneumonia in late June and on July 5th went into the hospital to try and knock that out of him. He was accepted into a clinical trial on July 2nd. The trial was showing significant results and we were thrilled. We needed to get him through this bout of pneumonia so we could get him going on the clinical trial. The lung cancer won, Gary lost his battle with lung cancer on July 11th, 2014. He did not want to die, he had so much to live for. The photo is a note to his grandson Sean who lives in Atlanta. I was surprised to hear that imaging of the lungs is not a normal part of healthcare; seems like if you crack a rib...you get scanned. And with lung cancer being a cancer with such a high mortality rate, you would think we can work to make a chest scan searching for this a regular part of our healthcare; similar to a mammogram, etc. I want others to make this a part of their health regimen, even if it means paying for the scan. Especially if you have anyone in your life that was or is a smoker-- protect yourself. Challenges along the way were trying to figure out how to get Gary the care he needed--from rides to chemo and doctor’s appointments, to the mental health care that is required for not only him but for me as well. Friends and family play an important role in this journey. Living without the love of my life is unspeakable. I pray often that lung cancer is someday something that no one has to live through. Stop smoking, encourage ones you love to stop smoking!!!