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    Loss (Job): 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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    Other Care (oxygen): 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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    Decision Point (making decisions about the rest of my life): 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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    Celebration (Birthday): 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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    Side Effects (Nausea/Vomiting): 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