Since I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer on November 12, 2012- I have actually been climbing a mountain in the dark. Because my profession is writer/ researcher I was more adept at finding information than many. I began keeping a blog in January at
What I found was that it is important to try to find local resources as well as online resources. My best help came from this site in the beginning from Harry and Shoeless who pointed me toward IU Simon Cancer Center.
However, I think the biggest obstacle that those of us who are living with lung cancer face is the lack of information at time of diagnosis and the confusion that that sets forth. Not everyone has the energy or even the motivation to seek out all the answers that are needed.
I have gone to Inspire.com and gotten a lot of good information there because they have a thriving lung cancer community. My own hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana has no support group specifically for lung cancer so if I need face to face support I would need to go to a general meeting.
Just putting in lung cancer in google, in my opinion is a frightening action. There are too many statistics out there that are old and will scare the newly diagnosed. In the past three months I have written 51 articles/posts in relationship to my own experience with this beast and although they are not researched, they are my experience and I hope they can help in some way.