em k. Here’s a secret: we can beat cancer. When I was... California em Here’s a secret: we can beat cancer. When I was diagnosed with stage 1a NSCLC, I was in shock. I was young, healthy, active and never smoked in my life. The incidence of NSCLC for people below 30 years old is 7%, and the percentage for diagnosis at this stage is even less than that. Normally, NSCLC is diagnosed at a later stage due to the fact that symptoms don't present in the early stages of the disease. Mine was what they called an "incidental finding" over an x-ray done to rule out pneumonia. Ironically, I was actually very lucky. The recommended treatment of choice was surgery. The thing with being diagnosed with cancer is, no matter what stage of disease you're in, there's just never a guarantee. You always have this fear of whether it will come back. Will there be another growth? Will I be here 3-5 years from now? The CT scan following my surgery revealed yet another abnormal growth in another part of my lungs and I eventually had to undergo chemo. Now, you have to realize, I have always been a very private person and hated stressing anyone out and because of this I kept everything from my family and friends, except a few chosen ones. That was probably the worst mistake anyone can make when trying to fight this battle with cancer. You see, cancer is very stubborn and it will do it's best to win .But guess what? It doesn't always have to win. There's something cancer cannot take away from us if we choose to fight it, and that's our spirit. Someone once told me that I do not have to go through this alone and I think that gave me the courage to share a bit of my story. I have always thought that putting up a brave face, keeping everything to myself and pretending that everything is ok, will make me strong. I realized, though, that the definition of being strong means being able to accept the fact that it's ok to be weak. It's ok to be scared, it’s ok to cry about it. It's ok to be angry and most importantly, it's ok to surround yourself with support. I learned that for every tear you shed and every fear or anger you express, you get an ounce of strength in return. It's true, no one should go through this alone. Cancer can invade your body and take away your good cells, but we can stop it from invading our spirit. Surround yourself with people you know who will care and be there for you, allow them to take care of you when you need taking care of and to hug you when you want to cry. Don't let the spirit die before your body does. That's the secret to winning the battle. That's how you beat cancer.
Brittany B. In August 2015, my amazing and brave mom was... New York Brittany In August 2015, my amazing and brave mom was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer that had also spread to the brain. I was just about to buy a house and thinking about getting married. I still have faith that she will see all of this. She will be there by my side! Today, after three aggressive chemo treatments, they found that the tumor in her lung has grown and they found a spot on her spine. But, no matter what, I will not lose hope. I will keep believing in my beautiful mother!
Cheryl O. Faith is the key to healing. God will heal those... Pennsylvania Cheryl Faith is the key to healing. God will heal those willing to receive a blessing. On 10/13/15 I was told I have non-small cell lung cancer. It is inoperable and stage 4 because it is in the lining of the lung. I was given no hope and a death sentence. I decided I will start treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, PA. I’m not a cancer. I’m a mother to two boys: 8 years old and 7 months old. I won't die. I’m a miracle. God’s miracle. He loves us all enough to heal us. Keep faith stay positive. Love and prayers for all.
Barbara l. My husband was diagnosed almost ten years ago with... New Jersey Barbara My husband was diagnosed almost ten years ago with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. It is not a death sentence. His prognosis was grim, but his attitude and his own advocacy has contributed to his long term survival. Always ask questions, challenge your doctors and stay abreast on recent trials, drugs, etc. And never give up. Humor helps.
Jessica P. My beautiful mom was diagnosed with a rare, stage 4... Colorado Jessica My beautiful mom was diagnosed with a rare, stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in November of 2014. June 2015 she lost her battle abruptly at the age of 54. She was the most vibrant, lovely, honest and loving woman I have ever known. I will spend the rest of my life missing her, but cherishing every moment I had with her. There was truly no one like her. I know my mom would be so proud of me running for this cause and supporting and reflecting her life. This is just a small way to show her impact she had on me, and everyone around her. She was so bright, and so special. Cancer sucks. It's not fair. Let's find a cure and save other mothers, fathers or other loved ones lives.
Paul B. My husband had a cough for about 2 years. I told... Indiana Paul My husband had a cough for about 2 years. I told him I knew of someone who did the same and nothing ever came up. His sister and I got him to get it checked out along with his shortness of breath. That was in May and by June we learned he had stage 3b lung cancer. At first he said no to chemo, but then doctor said without chemo and radiation he may not live 6 months. He changed his mind and he finished radiation after multiple weeks. In three weeks he gets a CT scan and another scan since he has a heart condition. He has begun to loose hair. I noticed today it is growing back. I thank God and the doctors and medical staff.
Cindy C. My Mom is my best friend. She is 87 years old and... Virginia Cindy My Mom is my best friend. She is 87 years old and was just diagnosed with Lung cancer. They told her because of her age and other health issues, chemo and radiation are not an option. They told her she as six months to a year to live. She lives with me. I have nursed her through colon cancer, a heart attack and other various conditions like severe emphysema, diverticulitis, spinal disease and rheumatoid arthritis to name just a few. I was able to manage with no problem. Now that they have basically said you have no hope, I can hardly accept this. I have looked in at various diet plans for cancer, but all her doctors have said that good nutrition is important, but none of the extreme diet plans is right for her situation. So now I feel I am stuck with the inevitable and I don't know how to take care of her. What to expect and how to react. Because Mom has a lot wrong with her, how do I know it’s the cancer or how do I know I need to take her in the see the doctor? I am stricken with grief and I just want help knowing what to expect and how I can make her last months on earth as wonderful as God will allow.
sue v. There is hope! I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung... New York sue There is hope! I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on 1/5/2011 and have been through a few rounds of chemo. For the most part I have been able to continue to work up to 11 hours per day with the exception of short periods after IV chemo when I was dragging. I’m now on a drug study with no noticeable side effects. There definitely is hope. As an oncology nurse said to me, “It is a bad disease but a good time to have it since there is so many drug options.” Good luck. There are many drug options and trials out there. Just get to a hospital/clinic that specializes in treating cancer.
Mark G. My brother lost his life to lung cancer which had... South Dakota Mark My brother lost his life to lung cancer which had spread to other parts of his body. He had radiation then chemo. He was too weak for the dosage of chemo he needed. Chemo was a waste as it had spread too far to do any good. If we had known that, he would have never taken chemo. He lived about 4 months after he was told he had cancer. I’ve never seen someone in so much pain. It had spread to the bones, prostate and lymph nodes. He was only 48 years old when he died.
Ruth S. In April of this year my 68 year old aunt began to... Michigan Ruth In April of this year my 68 year old aunt began to be forgetful and very weak unable to do for herself what she had always done: drive, bathe, and play cards. She lived alone and has no children so my cousin went to check on her. She noticed the changes and took her to the doctor. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which had already spread to her brain. They were unable to do any chemo due to her rapid decline. Within a week she was given a week or two to live. She lost her eyesight, became bedridden and lost all her weight. She fought and lived to the end of June surrounded family and friends. On top of this, my mom died at 67 the same day my aunt was diagnosed. My mom died from stroke and cardiac arrest. Such a tough year.
Toni M. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on... Louisiana Toni My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on September 16th, 2015 after months of a bad cough, extreme weight loss and losing his voice. He just thought he had laryngitis and over time he'd be alright. I live an hour away and it was hard for me to visit my parents but the last time I talked to him in June, I noticed I could barely hear him, his voice was barely there. I remember telling him to go to the doctor just to make sure he was okay. He brushed it off like it wasn't anything major and went on about his day. That's was just how my dad was--not a complainer in the least. However on September 22nd I received a Facebook message from my daughter telling me that my father was in the hospital. Little did I know my mother didn't have any minutes on her phone to contact me. Needless to say, my boyfriend, my brother and I rushed to Monroe and we were there within the hour. My brother walked in first and I was behind him and all I remember is just seeing a glimpse of him resting. I took a few steps back and began to sob uncontrollably falling into my boyfriend's arms. Just seeing my 6'2’ dad in such a fragile state on a feeding tube and 80 pounds lighter-- it was shocking to say the least and just heartbreaking. I finally wiped my eyes and took a deep breath and walked in. I didn't want my dad to see how upset I was so I just began talking to him and just saying how much we loved him and telling him we would have been here sooner. He tried to talk but it was painfully exhausting for him but he got a few things out. We ended up leaving that night and returning 3 days later and when we arrived he was having trouble breathing/bad wheezing. Turns out he just developed a case of pneumonia. They began treatment right away but he had to be moved to the ICU. Before leaving that afternoon, I told my dad "For the first time in your life, I want you to rest. Everything will be fine. I love you." I kissed him on the forehead and left. That was the last time I saw my dad alive. He died at the age of 72 on October 2nd, 2015. My dad was never a smoker but he was on blood pressure medicine. He died a fighter, a loving father and a saint in my eyes. I'm just glad now he's finally at peace and no more suffering. This has been by far the most painful time in my existence. Please keep your family close and tell them you love them every day. You never know when your time is up. Thank you for reading my story.
Shellie W. My dad went into hospital for an outpatient knee... Mississippi Shellie My dad went into hospital for an outpatient knee replacement and discovered he has advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer! In the past year he complained that food just did not taste right and began to lose weight. Dad was losing his energy and had bouts of confusion. He is a nonsmoker and is 87 so we thought decline was age related! Dad's knee had become very painful so he decided to have it replaced. He went through surgery fine but did not recover well. He passed out a couple times and began to really shed the weight. He was put back in the hospital then sent to a rehab hospital for two weeks. He developed bronchitis and lung cancer was discovered during a chest x ray. Biopsy and a PET scan show adenocarcinoma in both lungs and three lymph nodes. He will start radiation next week. No plans for surgery or chemo at this point. The problem is Dad's emotional state. He is refusing to walk or exercise. His only activity is going to restroom and TV. He has lost 60 lbs and stays nauseated. He has bouts of anger at mom and his children or just stays in bed-- too sad to get up. It is as if my big, strong invincible father has given up before he starts treatment. He was hospitalized today for dehydration and malnourishment. My mom had Coumadin poisoning and spent past week in hospital herself! Neither can drive and seem to be losing their independence quickly. Don't know if Dad is depressed due to all going on, on top of lung cancer.
Kathryn M. It was 62 days from diagnosis to death after a... New York Kathryn It was 62 days from diagnosis to death after a lifetime of smoking on and off. It still hurts 2 months after I lost my mom. A lingering cough after a bout with pneumonia but we were still hopeful and my mom was ever the optimist despite the doctor's grim comments that treatment would most probably kill. It did... If you smoke – quit. Have your lungs checked and then re-checked, be thankful for the breath of air you breathe and know your lungs are precious--take care of them. It was62 days from diagnosis to death and my own life will never be the same. RIP Frances Mae
Sandy W. In January of 2014, I had a cough that would not go... California Sandy In January of 2014, I had a cough that would not go away. My doctor gave me antibiotics. They did not work. Went back to the doctor, more antibiotics, and they didn’t work. I sort of let things slide until June and told the doctor I thought I had lung cancer and wanted a CT scan. He did order it and the next day, had it, and the results were horrific. My doctor called me at home and we went right to try and diagnose my problem. Had two needle biopsies, two bronchoscopies. Four pulmonary doctors later, still no sign of cancer. Meanwhile the CT scans are getting worse, so in May of this year, I had a right upper lobectomy and cancer was found. I was told I had stage 1A, cancer. Now in August I am a stage 4 and have a few months to live. It is in my bones, liver, lymph nodes and left lung. Two small lesions have been found in my brain. I have started chemo and we will see what happens. I do not feel too bad and can’t say I am suffering. I quit smoking 10 years ago and with Gods help I will use my life as an example. I am so sorry I ever started smoking. It does come back to haunt you at a later time in your life. I wish everyone with cancer, peace.
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.