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Early symptoms

On May 15th 2015 I drove myself to the hospital. I had been losing so much weight and every little smell made me have an asthma attack. When I arrived at the hospital they did x-rays and blood work.

We think you have cancer

A nurse came back and said we’re going to admit you we think you have cancer. After a few biopsies and a CAT scan I was told I had non-small cell stage 4 lung cancer. The tumor was 10 inches. I was told all they could do was give me chemo and radiation to keep me comfortable, I told them it was okay because my God was going to take care of me.

Surgery and chemotherapy

One day my oncologist called and said the tumor could be removed. In July of 2015 I had the upper portion of my right lung removed. I was then diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer I had 12 lymphs in my chest and out of the twelve one of them was cancerous. I started chemotherapy on September 10th 2015 my last treatment was on November 17th 2015.

Good news

I had a CAT scan December 1st 2015. Had a follow-up visit on the 7th of December with my oncologist and was told I was cancer-free!!! I had to have a CAT scan done every 3 months because two ribs had been broken during the surgery process and they wanted to make sure no lesions had gone into my ribs. At first they wanted to give me radiation but my oncologist told them that they would be burning cells I needed, since there was no cancer. I now have a CAT scan once a year. My next CAT scan is next week.

I will also be 55 next week!!!

Blessed to see another birthday!!!!

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  • Christina Hegarty moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi @tracysmith,
    Happy early birthday!! That’s wonderful that you’ve been cancer-free! I hope the scan next week continues to show good news. Keep us updated if you’d like! Thank you for sharing with us!
    Christina, Team

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