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Surprise – You Have Lung Cancer

My husband passed in 2017 after having kidney failure; he refused to have dialysis. We had hospice care at home for him. I had a lot of adjusting to do and to start my new life without him. We had been married over 40 years. I also was employed with a wonderful job for 48 years. During my annual physical my family doctor told me to get a chest X-Ray since I’d been smoking for several years.

Diagnosed with lung cancer

It’s scary – you don’t want to know if you have cancer and you think it will never happen to you – well it did. After several grueling tests, it was determined that I had to have my left lung removed. I found a surgeon who could perform VATS surgery. I had my lung removed on 5/2/18. I was lucky that it was found early, it was stage 2A non-small cell.

Recommended treatment

My oncologist prescribed 4 rounds of chemotherapy just to make sure there were no cells remaining. Finished all my treatments on 9/28/18 and have had two clear scans. The feelings we go through during our journey are indescribable. I blamed myself because I smoked, I thought I was being punished for something I did.

Family support

Thanks to my loving family (two sons, two daughter-in-laws, two grandsons and a daughter I got through it. They were with me every step of the way from bringing home-cooked food to the hospital, making sure someone was with me for the first two weeks, taking me to chemo. They were so worried about me and never thought something like this would happen to me. I’d never been sick, never been in a hospital (except to have my children), it was always me taking care of everyone else. I’m still very scared that the cancer will come back. I see a counselor regularly and am currently on an anti-depressant. I stay active in Silver Sneakers and a Book Club and try to keep busy. All of us who have cancer must know and accept the fact that it’s ok to feel sad, angry, depressed, and anxious.

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Comments

  • Alisa moderator
    11 hours ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are here for you. Warmly, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

  • Rosi
    6 days ago

    Hello, mine too was caught early Stage 1A non-small cell due to good follow up care. Middle lobe of right lung removed along with a bit of lower one. No chemo needed. I am now almost 4 yrs in the clear. Yes, I, too, had never been sick, only the bad cold which discovered the nodule. Never smoked. No second hand smoke either. But, it happens. I know what its like to live from scan-to-scan. I am focusing on taking care of myself. I do now what I like. I stay away from toxic people. Exercise, travel especially with grown children and grandchildren. My faith in God and that each day would be better than the last pulled me thru the pain and subsequent uncertainty. Mine was done also thru the DaVinci robot which supposedly is less painful but it was at least for me. Hang in there. Associate with positive people. Push away the dark clouds, at 2A u, fortunately for you, are ahead of many. Blessings!

  • Inthemoment author
    6 days ago

    Thanks for sharing your story with me and thanks for the advice. I’m a very anxious person to begin with so, trying to work on mindfulness, meditating and being in the moment and not letting the “fear” creep in. I’m also a Christian and believe that God has a plan for me. Take care and continued good luck.

  • Alisa moderator
    6 days ago

    @rosi, what great news to hear, thank you for sharing! Warmly, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

  • Alisa moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi @inthemoment, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing and your own diagnosis. I’m a 19-year lung cancer survivor, Stage 3, and understand the roller coaster ride all too well. Many of us deal with anxiety and depression after a diagnosis. I found that belonging to a community like this one where we can get support from others that really know what we are going through helps tremendously. Warmly, Alisa

  • Inthemoment author
    6 days ago

    Congratulations 19 years! That is so great. Yes it does help t o know that there are others are going through what you are and worse. Thanks for the comments, God Bless, Pat

  • Alisa moderator
    6 days ago

    Thank you, and to you too, @inthemoment. All the best, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

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