Living as a Family With Lung Cancer Everyday
Last updated: February 2023
I have had NSCLC for almost 6 years now. I truthfully never thought after my original dx I would be alive this long. But after my PCP saw my chest xray showing a "mass" he told me even if this is cancer it is not a death sentence.
Being strong despite my diagnosis
After my CT scan, PET scan and lung biopsy when there was no question it was lung cancer, I have always felt that I have to be strong for my family, my grown children and young grandchildren. In return they have shown me their strength in the times when I needed them most. One time, my youngest, grown son waited outside my cancer hospital for 9 hours while I had a cancer treatment procedure and because of Covid rules he wasn't allowed in the hospital. His reaction was a big smile on his face when his mom was wheeled out the hospital doors late that night.
Having cancer is not all bad all the time
I guess what I am trying to get at is having cancer is not all bad all the time. We do the scans and tests and treatments. We get fatigued, and cope with side effects. I wake up everyday and it is in my mind, "I have cancer" but then my next thought is, "I'm alive". I have got to celebrate birthdays, seen graduations and decorated and gave holiday gatherings for my family. That is a gift I was given.
I don't have the answers on how to cope or live with lung cancer everyday. I guess my only thought is try to be grateful because whether we have cancer or not, time with our family is not guaranteed.
Beside manner matters! What has your experience been?