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    foreverstumpy asked a questionLung Cancer

    What can I expect as the disease progresses?

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      LiveWithCancer

      When i was first diagnosed, i would not order a magazine subscription because i wasn't supposed to make a year. After i made a year, i ordered lots of magazines! I am not renewing most of them because i ordered more than we could ever read.

      I am on borrowed time, i realize that. But, i am going to borrow as much of it as i can! And what i don't intend to do is to let the fear of dying sometime in the future rob me of the pleasure of being alive now. I am here today. Today, i feel good. Today, i will play with my dogs, clean my house, cook our breakfast, spend time with my husband. Tomorrow, maybe i won't be able to do these things. But, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.

      Doctors are not God. They can't predict how long we are going to live any better than weathermen can predict weather. They don't know anything except what stats tell them.

      about 4 years ago
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      geekling

      Contrast is just a way to make a cancer light up and dance for anyone not paying attention. No one had told me about contrast so I refused it when the tech offered me the radioactive purple dye. The tech threatened to not do the test if I refused to drink that pond scum. I said "Fine." and got up and walked out the door.

      The door had barely even closed before the tech was chasing me down the hall begging me to return and take the test without contrast. One doesn't let a $3,000 testee walk away and keep one's job.

      I saw almost all of my scans and mammo results and so forth. A person who reads tests for a living would need to be asleep or very pressed for time to miss a cancer.

      I had what is said to be a very aggressive and fast growing cancer. It remained teeny and in one area for 13 years while doctors were busy misdiagnosing it and refusing to remove it from my person. Using the methods available at the time I was finally diagnosed (I finally got some surgeon to agree to remove it when I gained weight and the tumor grew along with the rest of me), I was told I had a 40% chance of survival. The fact that I walked away from those odds has little to do with this story.

      My point is that I'd already survived long past expectations by the time the medical professionals figured out that I did, indeed, have a problem. Sometimes I think about how life might have been has a bright surgeon agreed to remove the "wart" when I first asked but a person can drive herself crazy with such wonderings. Farrah Fawcett died of the same cancer but I lived. She had beauty and money and fans world wide and yet I'm writing live and remembering her and her passing.

      A doctor cannot limit your thoughts unless you allow it. My cancer story ended 13 years ago.

      Between 14 and 26 years ago (while I was still carrying the cancer), my chances of survival was even lower.

      Be the miracle you want.

      about 4 years ago
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      malindsey

      Thanks for the explanation, feeling, about contrast. God bless you!

      about 4 years ago
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    foreverstumpy asked a questionLung Cancer

    What can I expect?

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      LiveWithCancer

      It is impossible to know. I am stage IV lung cancer and i was diagnosed in 2012. My life expectancy is until God calls me home ... who knows when that will be? Same thing holds true for you.

      As to what you can expect ... that varies significantly too. Where is the cancer now? What stage?

      Here's hoping you will live many painfree years!

      about 4 years ago
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      luckydawg19

      I believe only God knows when we will called to Heaven.

      Do not let anyone (especially a doctor), tell you how long you have to live. You can directly impact how long you live by having a positive attitude, releasing negative emotions, eating a good diet and taking care of yourself.

      I wish you many years ahead!!!!

      about 4 years ago
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      BoiseB

      As others have stated only the Man Upstairs knows when you will die. Of course each cancer has it's survival rate depending on stage. This is usually based on the percentage of cancer survivors alive after five years. When I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer 5+ years ago the survival rate was between 5 and 12% Based on my stage and health my Dr. were giving me a 8% chance of survival. I am here today.
      There are other factors to consider in your life expectancy What is your cholesterol reading? Have you checked your fire alarm? How good a driver are you? Do you walk in bad neighborhoods after dark?
      There are some things you can do to increase your life expectancy eat a healthy (but tasty) diet. Have and active social life. Exercise both your body and your brain. Use sunscreen.
      My PCP insists that her patients who have had cancer have a general physical twice a year instead of only once. Also keep up your cancer screenings just because you have had one cancer doesn't mean you won't get an entirely different cancer,

      about 4 years ago
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