SmilingSusie's Journey with Lung Cancer

Patient: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 56

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    lung biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was really afraid to have the lung biopsy.I knew that this test would give the final answer that I dreaded...that the spots on both of my lungs was cancer.I was also scared to have the actual test.The thought of lung tissue being removed from my lung brought fear into my heart.The biopsy was a piece of cake...not painful at all.I was locally sedated,and the IV drug sure took the edge off.There was no pain after the procedure as well.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The lung biopsy showed non-small cell lung cancer.I was surprised to be told that it was not related to the breast cancer that I had eight years ago.I have never smoked in my life,and I was not aware that non-smokers could even get lung cancer.I was dismayed that despite my yearly oncology follow ups in the past eight years ,this cancer was discovered by a pre-op chest x-ray for neck surgery.It just goes to show you how God watches over us.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I never had chemo or radiation for the breast cancer since my breast was removed and the cancer was not in my lymph nodes.The thought of chemo was really scary.I was not sure what to expect,and all I could think about was me with no hair. The two chemo drugs that I am taking only cause minimal hair loss,so that was an unfound fear.The infusion part really is not so bad.I tell myself that this treatment is life-saving and I relax and put it all in God's healing hands.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    My main side effect is fatigue.This occurs for the week following treatment.I am on leave from work until my treatments are totally completed,so I can rest and sleep as much as I want to.I have a full head of hair...!!! All in all,chemo is not as bad as I feared.It is saving my life.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is shrinking

    Celebration

    The cancer is shrinking in my lungs...!!! After just the first treatment,some by as much as almost fifty percent.I have had three treatments so far,and they continue to shrink.This is so awesome...!!!! I have a new lease on life.

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