Knocked in the Head
Last updated: May 2023
August 28 will be three years since I was knocked in the head! On that day while riding my bicycle I took a fall and suffered a severe concussion/moderate traumatic brain injury. My first memory three hours later was awaking in the hospital and being told that a CAT scan to my upper body to check for fractures uncovered an unrelated mass in my lung. I was 62 years old, a very healthy, avid and competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete with no symptoms of possible lung cancer. THAT FALL TURNED OUT TO BE A BLESSING.
Several weeks later I vividly recall the doctor saying "I'm sorry to tell you that you have advanced lung cancer". I was diagnosed with stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer. I thought, "how can that be. I can outrun and out bike many 25 year old's!" After several months of treatment with chemo and radiation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center my scan showed that I was NED.
I've been getting scanned every three months and continue to run and bike just as before I was KNOCKED IN THE HEAD. My life has changed. I now appreciate life, friends, family and every moment more intensely than ever. I do all I can to advocate for lung cancer funding and research and support others with lung cancer.
I share my story with other's so they don't need to get KNOCKED IN THE HEAD to appreciate and live life to the fullest.
Happy Lung Cancer Awareness Month! What does self-advocacy mean to you?