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Finding Hope in Unexpected Places

2019-04-10T19:50:19+00:00March 19th, 2019|Stories of Hope|

By Curt Hammock As I approached Christmas in 2010, I reflected on just how good I had it. My business was growing, I was riding my motorcycle, playing golf and getting ready to celebrate my wife, Elaine’s, birthday that month. During that time, I had a constant nose bleed my doctor assured me was due to the blood thinners I was on for a past heart attack. Later that month, I found a lump on my neck. My doctor put [...]

My Difference Maker

2019-03-19T17:32:24+00:00March 19th, 2019|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 [...]

Our First Cancer Support Group Meeting

2019-02-20T19:11:25+00:00February 20th, 2019|Stories of Hope|

By Ginny Hicks My friend and stage IV lung cancer survivor, Rick Rose, and I decided to start a lung cancer support group in Medford, Oregon. We contacted Lung Cancer Alliance for guidance and we were provided with a helpful manual with great ideas for procedures, topics and troubleshooting. We enlisted the help of our local hospital to spread the word and our newspaper ran an article about lung cancer and the support group. We met on December 5, got [...]

The Hardest Times Require the Strongest Support

2019-02-14T14:38:19+00:00February 14th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Erik Hale When I was just 30 years old I was diagnosed with stage 3A adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer. After diagnosis I spent six weeks going through radiation and chemotherapy treatment to reduce the tumor size before going in for a lobectomy procedure where half of my left lung and 20 lymph nodes were removed. The recovery process was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure and I remember those long days in the hospital with my wife Aloy [...]

Traveling with Cancer

2019-01-31T18:12:43+00:00January 31st, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Elizabeth De Jong, lung cancer survivor My parents had an (at the time) unconventional commuting marriage for most of my childhood. Weekends were spent in cars visiting the parent that wasn’t living with us at the moment. These trips sparked a wanderlust in me at a young age. My husband and I collect experiences the way that others collect antiques or action figures. So, when I was diagnosed with lung cancer in September of 2016, our goal was to [...]

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 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 [...]