Why Not Me?
I was diagnosed Nov. 2018. I had just turned 51. I’m a middle school librarian and during Labor Day weekend, had a virus that seemed to hit me harder than usual. After that, the cough continued. A few months went by and the cough was still there, but now I could faintly decipher something in my chest, a pressure.
A whirlwind of emotions
I went into a walk-in clinic on my lunch break, they took a chest X-ray and I was told I could have lung cancer. A bronchoscopy confirmed a mass in one lung and multiple nodules in both, thus stage IV.
What a whirlwind of emotions. No family history, non-smoker and I’ve always been active and led a healthy lifestyle. But... I do know things happen beyond our control. As much as I wanted to plan my perfect life and future, this derailed me.
Grateful for my life
But I am grateful that I was able to raise my 2 daughters, now married in their 20s and I have grandkids. My husband and I have had satisfying careers, we’ve traveled and have been financially stable. My daughters and their husbands are Christians.
As much as this wasn’t my plan, it is now my path. I had prayed for a deeper relationship with God and for peace and increased faith, all of which has been given through this diagnosis.
Were you surprised when diagnosed with lung cancer? How has it impacted your life?
Are you satisfied with your care team?