Daniela's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer

Patient: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 36, Stage IB, EGFR mutation positive: Don't Know

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    • Daniela
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 4 years ago
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    Unknown mass in my lungs

    Oh No

    Right after my c-section, I complained about some chest pains. After several tests and a CAT scan, doctors accidentally found a mass in my right lung. While at the hospital, I was tested for TB, pneumonia and other dieases. Doctors throught it was an infection and recommended to follow up wth a pulmonologist. I didn't care that much, I was happy to go home with my babies.

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    • Daniela
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 4 years ago
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    One month and a half after my babies were born, I had a biopsy which revealed it was cancer

    Oh No

    I was in shocked and coud not believe this was happening to me. I have always been a healthy 32 year old and had the rest of my life to look forward with my babies. Luckily, additional tests revealed that the cancer was contained in my lungs and the recommendation was to remove the lower lobe of my lung.

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    • Daniela
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    about 4 years ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    After the surgery, I was told that I needed to get chemo as a preventative action. I was dissapointed but I knew it was the right thing to do especially because of my babies.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Daniela
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 4 years ago
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    Egg Preservation

    Other Care

    Since Chemo was not an option, one of the side effcts we faced was potential inferility. We then decided to freeze my eggs to give ourselves the option in a couple of years from now.

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    • Daniela
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 4 years ago
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    Through out this time,we lived min NY away from our family and close support system. Since I was going to get a 4 month chemo treatment and needed all the support and help I could get especaillly with the babies, we decided to make a move from NY to Flor

    Decision Point

    Although it has been the right thing to do, we had to make some pretty fast decisions in less than 3 weeks and temporarily move in with my family, arrange for extra help with the babies, not to mention our jobs, friend and life in NYC

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    • Daniela
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    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just started chemo about a week ago and so far I have felt ok. I am nervous of what's to come espcially as I want to be there as much as I can for my 5 month old babies. I also need to distract myself with other positive experiences and keep myself challenged.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Daniela
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 4 years ago
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    Birth

    Celebration

    I gave birth to two beautiful healthy twin girls on Sept. 2012. They are my joy and they saved my life.

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