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My Survivor Trip

I received a diagnosis of lung cancer in 2001 and had surgery to remove the tumor and then radiation to ensure they got it all. During my recovery time I sat around searching the internet and discovered that most lung cancer patients do not survive more than 5 years.

In 2007 I realized I had beaten the odds and decided to do something special for myself. A friend told me about a website for people that like to travel and that the people you meet on there would act as tour guides while visiting their countries. I had no idea where I would want to go or do but I was surfing the internet one day at work and noticed that Dracula’s castle was for sale. I said that is it I will go and see it and set in motion a plan. I met a couple of people on the website and set up an itinerary to go. I had scheduled a meeting with people in Budapest Hungary, who cancelled before I left. A lady who I continued talking with in Romania said she would meet me in Budapest and show me around. I had also intended to go to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Well the Romanian lady met me in Budapest and showed me around there, we went on a dinner cruise, walked in a couple of hills, and just did the sightseeing thing. From there we went to Cluj Romania and she introduced me to her family and showed me around her town. From there we went to Bran Romania where we went to Dracula’s castle, stayed in a hotel older than the United States and just went sight seeing there.

We spent a few more days together before I had to return home but it goes without saying that we fell in love and have been together since then.

She has stood with me through three more battles with cancer, one larynx cancer and two more lung cancers. We recently celebrated my 16 year anniversary of beating cancer the first time and will continue to celebrate many more things together.

She came here in 2008 and we got married and plan on staying together many more years having loads of fun.

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Comments

  • javi
    2 years ago

    Hi Terry,
    Thank you for sharing your story. My name is Javier living in Luxembourg….This coming Friday i will have a Bronchoscopy and the next 29th i will have a Pet Scan….Since the last Scan showed that my lung nodules are growing fast….from 9mm to 14mm in 3 months….
    Thanks and God bless you.

  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Thinking of you Javi, please let us know how you are doing after your bronchoscopy if you’d like – we are wishing you the best! Warmly, Margot, LungCancer.net Team Member

  • TerryKarlstad author
    2 years ago

    Hi Javi , wishing you all the best with your procedures coming up. I know they are tough to get through ( mentally) and s little stressful but you will get through them and beat this cancer. If you have any questions feel free to give me a message
    Terry

  • javi
    2 years ago

    Hi Terry…Thanks a lot for your support.
    Yes, i am worried, Finally, tomorrow i will have my Pet Scan and the 30th i will have a Lung needle biopsy( This Thursday).
    My last Scan showed that my lung nudules are growing in size and in numbers of nodules too….From 9mm on August 14th to 14mm on Nov the 6th.
    And my pneumologist seems not to care about my case, since i live in Luxembourg, and here is all-state health insurance that takes care of the bills.
    Well the biopsy results, seems that it will take 2 weeks at least? Also i would like to ask you if my Pet comes positive, what other test or examinations should i ask my Doctors, because here i must be put in the waiting list for all examinations, and sometimes its a long list.
    Thank you and God bless you.
    Javi

  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi @javi,

    Good to hear from you again. It makes sense to feel worried! It is good that you are having a PET scan and a biopsy; these will really help with diagnosis. While we cannot offer medical advice online, for your safety, you may find this article helpful, which details the techniques and procedures used during a diagnosis of lung cancer, as well as additional tests for after a diagnosis has been confirmed and getting second opinions: https://lungcancer.net/diagnosis/# We are thinking of you.

    Best,
    Margot, LungCancer.net Team

  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi TerryKarlstad,

    Thank you so much for sharing with us here – what a wonderful story of how you met! I am glad that you decided to do something for yourself to celebrate and take a trip and that it led you two to meet; it is great to hear of the fun you have had and will continue to have together! Thinking of you.

    Warmly,
    Margot, LungCancer.net Team

  • TerryKarlstad author
    2 years ago

    Thank you Margot

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