Lung Cancer Journey

Last updated: March 2021

Hi ... In April 2016 I was diagnosed with a mass in my right lower lobe of my lung ... I was seeing my family doc since 2012 ... He told me I had COPD... He never sent me for testing ... I changed family doctors because in the fall I would get bronchitis ... In May I had surgery and they removed my lower lobe of my lung .. The mass was about the size of a baseball .. They also removed a lot of lymph nodes ... In June they started chemo 3 days a week and on the fourth day I got a neulasta shot ... My chemo ended in August but it did not work for me spread to my liver ... They did a chemo embolization to my liver and the next day they went in and burned the tumor ... They started me on Opdivo ... It worked ..I am cancer free ... I did get to nasty side effects ...acquired ulcerative colitis which is horrible ... And it also threw my thyroid off .. I have lost lots of weight because of the colitis .. My GI doc told me it will probably not go away ... I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy ... There are so many foods I can't eat ... Get fatigue a lot and nausea .. If I get a colon flare up I end up in the hospital for days ... But I have to say I am very happy I am cancer free ...

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