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Don’t Guess, Test!

2019-01-17T15:14:18+00:00January 17th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Kimberly Buchmeier My name is Kimberly Buchmeier and I am from a small town in Southeast Nebraska.  I am a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and a six-year lung cancer survivor.  In 2011, at age 37, I was diagnosed with non-small cell adenocarcinoma. I thought I was pretty healthy. I ran a half marathon the year before, exercise on a regular basis and am not overweight.  With three active kids at home and a full [...]

My Difference Maker

2018-06-21T19:05:36+00:00June 21st, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Patty (third from right) and her family By Patty Watkins I learned that I had stage 4 adenocarcinoma in February 2014 and was only given two days to live, but fortunately survived beyond this bleak, initial diagnosis. In May 2014 I had my tumor tissue tested for a genetic mutation.  This was a game changer for me because my chemo treatments weren’t working and there was no real possibility of living more than another month. I needed a miracle [...]

My Most Important Job

2018-06-15T19:30:54+00:00June 15th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

David and his son, Connor. By David Marshall Four years ago I was told I had stage 4 lung cancer. I remember the day well. At the time, I was 40 years old, in great shape and very energetic. I had developed a horrible cough and a small bump on my head that had me concerned. After a couple trips to the doctors and a few tests, it became apparent that I had lung cancer, even though I [...]

Survivor Advice for the Newly Diagnosed

2018-06-14T20:05:16+00:00June 14th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

We asked the lung cancer community the following question and here is what they said. "What is one piece of advice you would offer someone newly diagnosed with the disease?" "Don't Google lung cancer statistics! Listen to your body, rest when you're tired. Accept help from family and friends. Live each day to the fullest!" "Education is power! Research your type, stage and treatment options." "Scream, cry, be angry, and then fight like hell and never give up!" "Put one [...]

Lung Cancer Advocacy: Why It Matters to Me

2018-06-12T13:51:48+00:00June 12th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

During the more than three years since our youngest daughter, Katherine, was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer, we have joined forces to advocate for more funding for lifesaving research into why so many young women get lung cancer every year. Here we are at last fall’s rally in front of the U.S. Capitol, where we joined hundreds of other survivors, friends and families to declare that lung cancer is a national emergency. By U.S. Congressman Rick [...]

My Mom is a Lung Cancer Survivor

2018-05-31T14:26:26+00:00May 31st, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01) By Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01), Member of the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus As a policymaker, I know we must do more to prevent lung cancer and support patients – especially women – who are battling this devastating disease. I’m proud to help lead the bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act. This important legislation will lead a comprehensive study on women and lung cancer and improve public awareness and education on lung [...]

A Champion for Lung Cancer Screening

2018-05-14T18:26:09+00:00May 14th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Cecelia Brewington, MD is a board-certified practicing radiologist, radiology administrator and professor who serves as Medical Director of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s CT Lung Cancer Screening Program; a program she helped found. We interviewed Dr. Brewington to find out more about her 25 year career, what she wants people to know about her work and her advice for anyone who might be at risk for lung cancer. How did the lung cancer screening program at UT Southwestern Medical Center get started? [...]

Lessons My Mom Taught Me Battling Lung Cancer

2018-05-11T18:01:46+00:00May 11th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Maddie (right) and her mom, Dawn (left). By Maddie Horner “Warrior,” “rock star,” “incredible,” “amazing,” “strong” and “inspiration” are all words people have used to describe my mom.  To me, she is those things and so much more. She has always been the rock in my family, as many mothers are. She is constantly full of advice and has been a shoulder to lean on for myself, my sister Nicole and my brother Austin. I braced for everything [...]

Why I’m A Lung Cancer Advocate

2018-05-03T15:22:18+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Hugo and his wife. By Hugo Rizzo You never really know how devastating an illness can be until it touches your own life. That’s what I learned on March 20, 2015, my brother’s birthday, when the celebration of that milestone was forever changed with the words, “You have lung cancer.” From that day forward, his life and the lives of our entire family were never the same. My brother’s journey with lung cancer was brief. He endured 4 [...]

How I Got My Second Wind… and Wrote a Book About It

2018-04-09T14:19:49+00:00April 9th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Dann Wonser How many things have you learned since your cancer journey began, that you wished you had known right from the beginning? If you’re like me, it’s a long list. How do you get through the shock of those first few weeks? (Umm… months?) How do you share the news with those people that you care about and what do you say as your path takes new turns? There may have been a person or two that has [...]