spindogs' Journey with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Male

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    • spindogs
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It may sound funny or odd but that diagnosis was really the least of my problems at that time. My first though was, "Gee, I may die of cancer instead of HIV, how ironic!"

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    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was emotionally drained and in rather poor health when I had the surgery. It's a long story and I'm willing to share that, if you're interested. I had no idea how much chest surgery can whack the body. Although the scar is rather small and of no real concern to my self-image, (just another scar to me. I've lived with 3rd degree burn scars since I was 4 years old.) the temporary damage to some of the nerves in my chest was a surprise. Everything seems to have recovered well now and I've found some peace and happiness in my life now.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    In 1995 I lost my father to lung cancer. He was already in stage 4 when diagnosed.

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