dolphinlady's Journey with Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 18 years ago, Female, Age: 66

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    when i was told i had lung cancer and that it had been growing for 18 months and the spot had been showing up on x-rays during that time they called it pulled muscle and bronchitis

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    had to stay in the hospital for 28 days had approximately had a large portion of my right lung removed because it had been growing so long and because of where it was located if i am not mistaken i think it was about 2/3 removed not sure though

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    i took 4 treatments of chemo that was enough had side effects which i was informed by my doctor that i would it was like something i never want to go through again and i don't mean to sound discouraging i just set my mind to it that i was going to fight and that is what i did

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    the day after chemo i ached all over was sick, vomiting, no appetite and that lasted for a few days then when i got to feeling good it was time for another treatment

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    every year that i was cancer free i said it was a birthday to me and every year i counted i always looked forward to another and when my oncologist told me he thought the cancer was gone for good that he didn't think i would come back in my lungs i have to admit that was one of the happiest days of my life I go see my doctor once a year now and i look forward to it because i know he is going to have good news and he always encourages me to keep on fighting

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    oxygen

    Other Care

    after surgery and chemo i was put on oxygen and have been on it for 13 years i tell people i traded in my cigarettes for a oxygen tube, i am on c-pap and i take 21 pills a day now not because of cancer when i was put on oxygen that limits my mobility so i gained a lot of weight that caused high blood pressure, high cholesterol and have to take blood thinner but i am still a live and i am still kicking cancer's butt

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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    making decisions about the rest of my life

    Decision Point

    what i mean is i had it all when i was told i had cancer and i had to make up my mind if i was going to feel sorry for myself or make the best of a bad situation yes i lost my home, two jobs, my car, my truck and a lot of friends, my friends did not want to be seen with someone with no hair, and was pale as a sheet, and couldn't walk to far or to fast but i soon realized they weren't friends at all. my family did not support me much i had one real good friend who stood by me from start to finish not caring how i looked he would carry me on his back from bedroom to living room back and forth for days just trying to keep my strength up cancer can change a person's life in a split second i know i was in a spot where i did not know which way to turn. but faith in God and my good doctors we made it

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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

    as i said before i lost my jobs and home and such, but i never lost the will to live i did not want to die people would tell me oh people with lung cancer don't live over 5 years or 8 years or whatever i would just come back and say well God is keeping me here for a reason i just want to say this yes cancer is a bad sickness, but don't give up give it all you got yes it is a rough road to travel one loses a lot but what is more important than a person's life, don't feel sorry for yourself fight keep the will to live and thank God everyday you wake up you can still get out of bed i do it is not an easy road to travel but i look back now and look at how far i come i say to my self hey you come a long way and i am going to keep on going i have emphysema pretty bad my breathing isn't so good but i can still breath and move around and i get by so i say this to all cancer patients don't give up you can make it

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