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Surprise! You Have Cancer!

I was admitted to the emergency room on March 23, 2019 with severe abdominal pains. I was quickly diagnosed with pancreatitis which didn’t alarm me since I knew little about it. After some discussion with emergency doctor and blood work, more scans, the doctor came in and told me he suspected cancer. I was immediately transferred to a cancer hospital and by the next day had my diagnosis of small cell incurable lung cancer that has metastasized to my adrenal glands, lymph nodes, small lesions on liver, bile duct, boney part of back of my neck and a small lesion in my brain. I had hip replacement in Oct 2019 and all scans, blood work, X-rays had looked fine so this is a very fast growing cancer!

My team went straight to work and after my first of 15 3-day rounds of chemo my Petscan shows no brain lesion and all others have shrunk dramatically!

I am on break from 1st round. And right now I feel better than I have in a very long while. I know this is early and the chemo’ll take a toll down the road.

It’s April 12, 2019. We have always spent our summer camping at the beach. It’s my happy place but I’ve been told I will not be able to get in the sun at all and probably will be in a completely different state of health by that time in chemo as it starts to attack healthy cells. I hope this isn’t trivial but should I even plan this this summer. I don’t want to ruin “my happy place” if that makes sense?!

I would love to have fellow warriors to travel our similar paths together.

This is all fairly new to me but I’m getting more educated every day!


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  • Shezizds1
    8 months ago

    My husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in April 2017. The first summer was filled with chemo, radiation, test, scans etc. he did very with them and in August of that year we went camping and down to bike week in Maryland for a 5 day vacation. The following summer (last summer 2018) he was still “clear” on his scans so we vacation, did lots of traveling and camping. In April of this year it came back! A tumor in his thigh which needed immediate surgery to put a rod in as cancer had eaten a hole in bone. And it was found in other lung and small spot in brain. He started chemo every 21 days for 3 days in a row plus a shot on 4th day. Our doc is great and we actually got back from vacation in Dominican 2 weeks ago! Hopefully leaving for a camping weekend tomorrow! All while he is still doing chemo, immune therapy, and shots plus I am making R.S.O oil for him. Now dont get me wrong it was a “different ” kind of vacation…more down time, relaxing, naps early nites, but it was wonderful!! Feeling a little “normal” when things are so crazy was fantastic!! It helped mentally, physically, emotionally….just what the doc ordered!! I say go for it but just realize it will be different but you will be thete!! Good luck!! Enjoy!!

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    7 months ago

    @shezizds1 I’m so happy you both are living your life like its golden! If manageable you can still do the things you enjoy during chemo. I hope everything works out for your husband. Best!

  • KateK
    8 months ago

    Merry, I am so sorry that you are going through this. I can’t advise you on what to do about summer vacation at the beach, I can only tell you what I would do. I would not plan a beach vacation at this point, wouldn’t want the disappointment of having to cancel it.
    As the saying goes; Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.
    By the way, you said “I hope this isn’t trivial but”, nothing is trivial if it’s important to someone, and I think we would be hard pressed to find anything that wasn’t important to someone.

  • Noel.Martin moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Merry, Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. We definitely have something in common…the beach is my happy place as well. You have come to the right place if you are looking for travel warriors. There is plenty of information and support here for you. We are so glad you have joined us. Keep us posted if you’d like. We would love to hear how you’re feeling. Best wishes, Noel Team

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