Survivor Spotlight: Maureen

2018-03-23T18:46:25+00:00April 3rd, 2017|News|3 Comments

Maureen with her daughter on her 21st birthday.

In the early spring of 2011 I was on my first 6-mile outdoor run of the season. My hip was really bothering me. Two weeks later my husband insisted that I go see the orthopedist for my, “sports injury.” After several weeks and an MRI my doctor referred me to an orthopedic oncologist to discuss treatment for the growth in my hip. On June 2, 2011, at the age of 46, I had a hip reconstruction. A long titanium rod with six screws now holds my hip together. My doctor told me it was cancer and that I would probably not live to see my daughter graduate from high school. At the time she was 15 years old and my oldest of three.  My boys were 13 and 11.

Fast forward, it turned out that I had NSCLC with one very small tumor in my upper left lobe. No other cancer was found anywhere with the exception of my hip. I underwent radiation to the hip and my pathology was genetically tested. It found that I have the EGFR mutation. I have been on Tarceva ever since. I underwent a lobectomy later that year. There was one cancerous lymph node adjacent to the tumor so I then underwent four rounds of chemo. All was good following those crazy few months and I continued on the Tarceva.  Then, at exactly four and a half years to the day, a PET scan revealed that I had mets in my brain. I’ve undergone two gamma knife surgeries and am currently back in remission.

I am so thrilled to have such a wonderful team of doctors!  I was not only able to see my daughter graduate high school, but also go through the process of choosing a grad school. She will begin that next chapter in August.  My 13 year old is now 19 and finishing his freshman year in college and my 11 year old is now a high school junior on the college search. Every day is a miracle for which I am so grateful.

The best advise I could give a newly diagnosed patient is don’t despair. Keep a positive attitude for yourself and your family. There are so many new treatment options since I’ve been diagnosed, with more on the horizon.

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3 Comments

  1. Suzanna April 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your story Maureen. I am a stage I lung cancer survivor myself. I get scans every 6 months and my biggest worry if missing out a brain metastasis since only my chest gets checked out. May I ask how you found out having it?
    Keep up a good fight!

  2. Christine Hughes April 9, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I am so happy for Maureen’s outcome I continue to pray everyday she stays healthy. I have lost a loved one my husband almost three years ago so I know all the things that she’s going through. It’s with positive thoughts and family and friends support that you have the strength to fight and still strong. We are hopefully to cure cancer one day. Maureen continue to be strong and you are in my prayers everyday my friend.

  3. Anna April 11, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

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