Lung cancer affects women differently than it does men. As we work to unveil why this is the case, we hope to unlock answers to questions about other populations affected by the disease. Here are the inspiring stories of women and their loved ones impacted by lung cancer.
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But despite all of that, I am looking forward to Christmas with my family and in 2018, my goal is to improve my quality of life so that I can enjoy life to the fullest.”
There are so many things I’d love to share with a patient that’s been recently diagnosed, first do your research, ask questions — no question should be left unasked. Get involved in a support group. For me, what’s gotten me through this journey is my faith, the love for my family and research!!! I will never lose hope!”
Do what you feel like doing. My husband and I traveled with our camper from Alabama to Yellow Stone, which was one of our dream vacations. Prior to cancer, I never took longer than a week vacation. Let tomorrow worry about tomorrow, and enjoy today.”
I was always an active person who exercised and ran for many years. I love to hike and walk with friends and I wanted to plan a fun trip so I would have something to train and look forward too. Oregon is a beautiful state and I am fortunate to live near the Rogue River. This June I set out with 8 other women, all over 60, to hike and raft the 40 mile stretch of the wilderness area. The trail is easy to moderate hiking and we took 4 days to compete the trip.
I may have cancer but it isn’t stopping me from having a lot of fun with friends and doing what I love, which is being out in nature. To everyone living with cancer, LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE!”
In July 2017 I had a CT scan and found out there was a very small nodule in my upper right lung. On December 13, 2017 I had lung surgery to remove not one, but two spots. I had 2 primary tumors, but it hadn’t spread to any surrounding lymph nodes. I am likely 100% cured. My 3 month follow-up showed no other nodules of concern but I will continue to get CT scans every 6 months.
I am on a crusade to raise awareness about lung cancer and the need for more funding for research and to do what I can to provide support and hope to those facing lung cancer and their families.”
Five days before my 56th birthday, I had surgery to remove a third of my right lower lung lobe. I spent 5 days in the hospital. The one thing I remember was I did not want to say “Lung Cancer,” rather I said “Lung Surgery.” It helped me with my fear. Now, I get checked twice a year and get a CT scan once a year. In 2011, I started running marathons again and just completed my 100th marathon this past May. 3 hours 39 minutes and 12 seconds.”