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Monday, December 29, 2008

Radon and Lung Cancer - The Connection


Radon
and Lung Cancer – The Connection





Everyone,
even the heaviest of smokers, knows that cigarettes can cause lung
cancer. But not many people know that there’s a substance
called radon that’s the second-highest contributor to the
number of lung cancer deaths. Radon, for those of you in the dark, is
a radioactive gas that’s released from the natural uranium
present in rocks, water and the soil.





The
connection between lung cancer and radon was first discovered when
large numbers of workers in uranium mines died of the disease. And
for non-smokers who are surprised to find themselves diagnosed with
lung cancer, you don’t have to look further than radon for the
culprit.





Some
homes are more exposed to radon than others because of their
proximity to soil that’s rich in uranium. Apartments that are
at the basement level and ground and first floors, and houses that
are tightly insulated are prone to have higher levels of radiation
from radon because they may be built on soil that contains a large
amount of uranium.



Radon,
when it decays, emanates tiny radioactive particles which go into
your lungs when you breathe and cause damage to your cells over the
years. According to the EPA, it causes 20,000 deaths every year in
the USA alone. The prognosis is not good for survivors – even
if the disease is detected in the early stages, they are not expected
to live for more than five years beyond the date of the initial
diagnosis.





Radon
testing can tell you if your house has safe levels of radioactive
elements and if you’re at risk for cancer. You can ask for a
radon testing kit to determine for yourself if your home is exposed
to high levels of radiation; alternatively, you can get someone to do
the testing for you. If your home is found to have radon levels
greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L or more, you can have it fixed.





Lung
cancer, especially those cases that are caused by radon and
secondhand smoke can be prevented if you’re careful enough. If
you’re not sure about the radiation levels in a house you’re
going to buy (or rent), you can check out the websites of the
U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
)
and the
National
Safety Council

– both agencies jointly operate a hotline that you can call for
more information on radon and areas that are known to be hotbeds of
the radioactive gas.











By-line:


This
post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject
of
CNA
certification
.
She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com






Friday, November 28, 2008

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

I have just gotten my results back for the chest xray.I waited the last six months for a five minute appointment.In that picture of my chest was my future.
When I go to the doctor,that day an xray of the chest is taken.You take your xray to the front desk and then you get called in to see the surgeon/oncologist.You wait to exhale when he looks at it.
I am so very happy and Thankful to report to you that my xray showed No signs of the cancer returning to the previous area of the right lobe of the lung.
My doctor has however ordered a Cat Scan ,to be able to really see any tumors that might be hiding.
I am still short of breath with the emphysema.I so far do not have to take oxygen,but I might ask for some for the evenings.
So,I shall move on now to planning Christmas with my family and pray they do not find anything else.

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lung Cancer Diagnosis Dilema

I still feel like I am in shock.I remember the day my doctor told me he had found a 2 inch tumor on my lung.I am sure that at that time the old me ran and hid somewhere else,and I do not know if I can find her again.
There are days that I think in the third person.I try to sit on my sideline,and ponder what I would have been doing,had this not happened.
I guess God has a plan for me,but the road to it is not so easy at times.
I guess it must be worth fighting for,and I know that is what keeps me going.
My upper back,or what I call my lungs,has been very sore lately.I have pain in the left side.I had the cancer removed from my right lung,so maybe it has spread?

Diagnosis of any fatal disease must be so hard for everybody.The lung cancer is a bad one.There are so many people with so many emotions through all of this.I know my family is sad to see me sad.
There are days I think that I am becoming impatient with all the doctor appointments.Those days are thankfully getting fewer,as I try to stretch my survival to the limit.
Prognosis is also the hard one to deal with;If there is nothing they can do,then why bother going on in your mind?
I have so many questions I ask myself.I do not think I have found any answers.

Til next time

Don't Stop Believing!


Believe

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Counting my Blessings,Again



My lung cancer has not spread,as far as I know.My breathing is short,but I still have breath.My fibromalgia is under control,and I have not had an angina attack for months.
YES,I am COUNTING my Blessings.One by One , Day by Day.

This time on here a couple of years ago I was thankful for being alive.I am not only thankful now I am amazed that I have gone this long ,this well,with the lung cancer and cirrhosis.

I see my lung doctor on November 18th.I will always be afraid of that day.I will sit in that waiting room,and I will make promises again to myself.
I will promise to cherish everyday and every moment with my loved ones.I will pray inside that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes or to my liver.
I will pray that I have one more chance.

I will sit down tonight with my family and enjoy our Thanksgiving.

Thank you to all of you that have kept following me on this,you have all been my angels.

Please take care of yourselves.
Happy Thanks Giving to all my Canadian readers.


and remember


DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Saturday, October 04, 2008

SICKANDTIRED

Lung Cancer,Lung Cancer,Lung Cancer,that is all we seems to hear about lately.
Is this fatal disease running rampant?


I think it is wonderful that more people are aware ,but I also think that we are not looking in the right places for a cure or fast enough.There are over 160,000 new cases of lung diseases diagnosed every year.That is in America alone.

This fatal ailment does not just happen to other people,or people that smoke.
Smoking does not cause lung cancer.
There are many reasons we get cancer.There are cases where inhalation of chemicals,asbestos,coal mining dust etc,can cause lung cancer.

In my case I was not surprised at the diagnosis.I had been a smoker of 44 years.I got my punishment for that.
When I was diagnosed with "Cirrhosis of the Liver",I quit drinking.

I cant say I am doing very well,with the smoking.

After my mom passed away a couple of months ago,I got weak.I started the odd puff here and there,and now I am really afraid I could be so stupid to add salt to the wound.

I am very strong though and I think intelligent to know that I will again succeed at quitting permanently,this time.

One of my oncologists, has now suggested that I have a "Hiatia Hernia".That is when a small part of the intestine pushes out from it is supposed to stay.
This one surprises me.I was worrying about my chest scan on November 1st to see if the cancer has metastasis in my lung,now this.

This is an unexpected diagnosis.
I am still in the middle of the cancer spreading in my nodes in my neck.I am still seeing a doctor about my COPD,I am seeing another to check if cancer has spread to my bones.I will get the bone scan done soon for that.
I am thankful to be alive after all I have gone through,but now I pray it stops for awhile.
I am really getting sick and tired of being sick and tired.
My motivation level is slowly putting me to the test.
I do promise myself though that I will see this through,as best as I can.

Thank You all for your letters and comments.
I feel your deepest thoughts.

Even if this story got you down ...just remember....

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


LUNG CANCER IS SCARY STUFF
Imagine finding yourself reading this.How would you feel?
This is the pathology report that I received after they removed a lobe from the right lung.It is called a lobectomy,or wedge section.
I did not feel any pain before or after really.
I was diagnosed with pneumonia first ,then they discovered the tumor.It was 2 inches long by then.
They were able to remove the cancerous part.I was very blessed and lucky that they found it on time.
I did complain a lot about pain in my back about a year before.I smoked for 44 years and kind of thought that it was my lungs.I told doctors then that my back hurt and I thought it was my lungs,but they just told me my lungs were not in my back.I think maybe they should have taken a closer look.
The operation might have turned out not so good,as I had previous complications.I recovered quickly and returned home in four days.I have a big scar ,but I am still alive.
There are more adventures to the waiting room quite often for me now.I am having lots of little things turn up that the doctors worry might be connected with the cancer.
I worry lots.
I have just been told by my doctor yesterday that I have pneumonia again,this time on my left side.That is confusing as to whether or not it is that.He is treating with antibiotics,but wants me to have xrays to be sure.
My neck has still been sore and swollen for a month or so ,so I kind of think the lung cancer might have spread through my lymph nodes.I have no idea where it might go from there.
I could have throat cancer,or the cancer is more apt to go to the brain.
One thing is for sure,I am just not feeling good about this.
Here goes,change of plans for the next little while.
I have a stage 1 non small cell cancer.The average life expectancy is not that great.I think at seventen months ,I must be very fortunate.
I am right on the docs,as I know how important time plays as a large factor in operatable conditions.
Lung Cancer is very very scary,because you do not क्नोव where it will spread too.
Lung Cancer is usually the primary location and then from there it is anybodys guess.
I will say though that if you have had a cough for awhile and keep getting checks and told it is bronchitis or pneumonia,seek further attention.
I know most of us do not want to know,BUT you NEED TO!
Please read my other posts....
and remember
DON'T STOP BELIEVING!
Believe


Monday, August 04, 2008

LUNG CANCER:The TRUTH I NEVER TOLD

My Mother passed away a few days ago.I never told her that I had "Lung Cancer".That was the hardest thing for me,but the best for her.
One would think that a daughter would automatically tell her mother that she was ill and was going to die soon.I did not say a word.
This death of my mom is a hard one.It was a blessing though,as she did not suffer and just fell asleep,knowing she would be with her loved ones soon.It is very hard on me,because there are things I never told her.

I know that by not telling her,it was the most unselfish thing I have ever done.It would have killed her.How do I know that?
She would take my face in her hand,quite often of late,and tell me"Darling,Please take care of yourself as it would kill me to lose you,as parents must die before their children".
She came to visit me shortly after my lung was removed.I had a scar of twelve inches and the look of staple marks on my back.She would sleep with me at night,and wonder why I did not change my clothes in the room.I wore t shirts over my bathing suit ,I was so afraid she would know.
I wanted to reach out to her and have her protect me from this cancer.I wanted her to make it better.

She had COPD,and a bad heart.I have the same.I know when I saw her it was me laying there,and that was an awakening for me,at least I hope it was.

I never whine about the cancer I have.I do not use my condition to get anything.I tell my husband the truth,and I try to hold back some of the gory details from my children.
I am a christian ,and I do not ordinarily Lie.I have only done so ,as to not worry others.I can carry the grief of many,I am a Mother,a Wife ,and until a few days ago a daughter.

I know that telling the truth to my mother would not have changed anything.We were already close.
I think that I was able to give her the best years of my life and I am sure she enjoyed the last few of hers.

This post is about wanting to share with you about my loss,but there is another reason.
This disease of Lung Cancer is FATAL.I think we all have to make peace with ourself in our life,and when our loved ones pass away,It is the best to have No regrets.
I have No Regrets about anything that happened in my life,and in the life I shared with my mother,

God Rest her Soul
1922-2008



I LOVE YOU MOM

Remember

DON"T STOP BELIEVING!



Believe

Thursday, July 24, 2008

RUNNING as FAST as I CAN

Yes,I still have stage 1 "Lung Cancer".The name of this condition is scary in itself.It sure makes you feel like there is no point in trying to move on,when the odds are so against you in this Fatal disease.
I can tell you now,Please do not ever feel that way.
I have spent the last seventeen months thinking I was dying every minute of everyday.What a waste of time.
They say you go through certain stages of grief.
I had the ANGER when I was told I needed an operation to remove the cancerous tumor on my lung.It was at a stage in my life where I finally had time for me.My kids had moved out and my husband had retired.I was mad because it would take time to heal,and I was afraid that I wouldn't.I knew I would have to slow down,and I knew that my spirit had been killed.
I am still in DENIAL,but only when I need to be,to get me through.I have learned that if we" think it so be it".
When I do wake up in the morning and I do not think of death,that is my way of pretending that this is not true.
I guess I figure that they will find a cure for lung cancer before I die.That ,my friends,is denial.
The Acceptance is the finality of all of these other emotions.
It is a hard step to take,and mean it.
I have reached that step,and feel that I can move on now,to living in the moment.
It is hard to accept ones fate.
I see all the facts on lung cancer,I know I will die soon,but I really can deal with this.
I have always been an optimist,and in this case,it surely has paid off.
I do believe my strength to be able to keep a positive attitude has helped me through the bad days.
I still have many roads to follow down this path.
Each step I take along the way teaches me more of what I need to learn.
The doctors will keep on monitoring me for a while yet,and they will find something.I will deal with all that when the time comes.
I will run as fast as I can now though,and let all this try to catch me.
Until next time,Remember
DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

THE WAITING ROOM

It is so quiet, you can hear the breaths of others clearly.My heart is missing beats and fluttering.I try to speak to announce my arrival at the clinic,and the receptionist tells me to take a seat.There are many others there.It is a respiratory clinic in "Winnipeg,Manitoba",and I am here to see my surgeon.The room is filled with others much worse off then myself.I see oxygen tanks.I see my future.I will sit here now,and somehow,I will wait til I hear my name called.I am in a moment.I will not have this again.

I am handed a form to give to the man who gives xrays.I walk down the hall and I am told to change into a gown,of course,done up in the back,and waist down ,off.I have had an xray by this man before,and I feel comfortable.I forget the importance of this,for a moment.I am so spaced out,that I head for the waiting room in my gown to see my doctor.How embarrassing. My mind goes back to the day of my operation.I see that on the wall of the waiting room is a picture.It is the same one I saw on the wall of my hospital room,minutes after surgery.I am freaked out.Is this some sign that history is repeating itself?

The picture is of trees,but it leaves a lot to the imagination.I saw it in my room in the hospital,the same one I am in now.There must be copies,I hope.I have found over the last year of dealing with this,the worst part is sitting in the waiting room,waiting.

The thoughts that go through my head for weeks before,come racing to my mind.I mentally make plans for every ones future.I am not thinking about myself.I am not thinking about the pain that comes with this. I find myself,almost trance like.I feel that I am detached from the reality of all this stuff that I will have to go through.I am thinking about how sad I will make my mom,my husband my children and my friends.That,is very hard to imagine.

I am not whining,I am not sad for myself.I have been told I was going to die many times in the last six years.I am not hardened to that fact,I am just prepared.I have gone through my appointment dates and have almost rehearsed how it might go.I want to be called soon.I need to know if my xray has changed.I just need to know.

I am sitting there now,maybe just short of an hour,and I have promised myself so many things.I have prayed to my God,I have sat silently,alone,in the waiting room. My turn is next.

The assistant doctor will put up the xray for the twentieth time.They do not say anything but the look on the faces pretty well says it all.They are smiling and are reassuring that there is no recurrence at this time.

I was so full of questions to ask this time.I wrote notes to remember for the last four months.I just became speechless and did not want to push the good feelings.I really didn't want to know too much,as then I will have to deal with it.

If I have to face the truth on this deadly diagnosis of lung cancer,then I will have to admit defeat or triumph.I choose the latter.I am strong emotionally,and have fought many battles.I will get through this one,one step at a time.

I will have other appointments with oncologists and specialists for all the other parts of my body.There are no more "my doctor" situations.There seems to be a doctor for every part.

I live out in the suburbs so getting to all these appointments is difficult at times.

I hate the waiting.I hate hospitals and I hate waiting rooms.

I think I can stay out of the waiting rooms for at least a month.I hate going there with all the viruses that are spread around.

I am very prone to pneumonia in my condition,and that would kill me.So,I hope to keep on doing what I am doing,and pray that I am doing it right.

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Sunday, June 01, 2008

ONE MORE CHANCE,AGAIN!

I faced my greatest fear again today.I saw my surgeon about my lung cancer.He,is not the fear,but the xray that holds my latest test result,is.
I have been going to see him every few months for the last fifteen months.I am praying today that he won't want to see me for awhile.I understand that as more time passes the appointments become less often.
I wait to be called and I see the assistant doctor who assesses me and puts the xray into the light.He doesn't look shocked or surprised to see the picture.We continue our assessment,and then he explains a bit about the xray.He tells me that the rib cage is larger on one side.He explains that the result is of the emphysema,or COPD.I have not asked him about the return of the cancer.I will wait til the real doctor walks in.
The moment is here.My doctor looks at the xray as I shake his hand.He says we can make the appointment for six months now.I can almost not swallow.I have been given another CHANCE.The cancer has still not invaded any other surrounding organs or tissue.
He explains that they took my lymph nodes out when they removed the two inch tumor from the right lobe.He said that I am still at stage 1,but that he might have to tell me bad news sometime.He wondered how I would take the news.
I told him that I had rehearsed the scenario many times over in my mind,and that I could take the bad with all the good I have been given.
At least,I think I can.
I have been saved so many times,so many ways in my life.I am now feeling that I am also giving back.
I have learned from this blog and I hope I have helped some of you.I have been able to get through the bad times by writing on here.I have had prayers from all over the world.I believe that all your prayers were received and contributed to my blessings.
I am running on fifteen months of indecision and doubt.I know now that I do not have much choice about my future.I understand the survival rate for this type of cancer to be five years.I hope I can have all of that.
I am able and feeling better since yesterday and shall carry on,I hope for another fifty years.
I hope you keep dropping by,because I love your company.

Til next time....

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Monday, May 12, 2008

What Will I Do?

Two more weeks until I see the surgeon.I am sure I have had to go through this at least fifteen times.I am really not complaining,because I know the alternative was Death.




You see,I have to have a chest xray every four months to determine if the cancer is spreading from my lung.




I practise for the moment.I see myself being told that I have stage 3 or 4 lung cancer.I wonder what will I do?



Will I change my life ,or will it change for me?



When he tells me,will I cry?Will I scream?


I will make promises again to myself,I will sink into my chair in the waiting room,and I will pretend to myself that I am not there.


I wonder when they tell me,if I will have to go to chemotherapy,what I would do.





If I will only live a little longer,I would be afraid to get so sick from the treatment.I have heard some horror stories from others who are in therapy.


We all think we will know when the time comes.I wonder if I will ever "Throw in the Towel?


I am still young and I still feel that I have so many things I would like to do.





My emphysema seems to be my biggest culprit right now.I do not know if lungs hurt,so it must be that.


I have a pain in my upper back,between the shoulder blades,but I cant tell if it is my lungs,as I have "Fibromalgia" as well.


I take a tylonal at this point in time,and I am glad I do not need the other pain killers yet.

I am so Thankful for being able to have these last 30 months.I am so Thankful.

My life as a result of the lung cancer diagnosis had actually changed .

I believe I have been given a chance for a reason.

I also hope that by reading some of my other blog posts might help you understand that you are not the only one that goes through the emotional as well as physical changes of this devastating disease of cancer.



Please read

http://lungcancerlife.blogspot.com/2008/01/lung-canceris-there-silver-lining.html


Til next time

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe


Thursday, April 17, 2008

WASTED BREATH

When I first started writing this blog two years ago,it was called"My First Breath".

Now I will tell you the reason for this title"Wasted Breath".

When I was first diagnosed with Lung Cancer,I think I went into a mental coma.The shock of the news lasted for 2 weeks until the operation on my lung was over.

I did see my life flash before me.

I did not just see it flash once but many times a day.

But Behold!The removal of the two inch cancerous tumor was removed successfully,with the removal of my right lobe of the lung.

I now needed new plans.

I knew then that I had died many times in my mind,so now I needed to live.Hence the title"my First Breath".

In the here and now though,I am starting to think that I Wasted that Breath.

At first,be ever so Thankful,I thought that I could give back.I was going to volunteer with a cancer facility,get exercise and basically change my ways.

I think now I might be suffering from a little bit of punishment for not doing so.

I am now starting to understand the saying"Make hay when the sun shines".

My breathing is shorter now,as the emphysema has worsened.I have become very tired lately due to lack of oxygen.So I am not able,in the same way to give back so much at this time.

I do hope that you wonderful people who have read and commented on my blog,don"t feel that I have "Wasted my Breath".

Pointing out now,that one day at a time is really where I am at right now.

This time I will just promise myself to enjoy Life More.



"Breathing should NEVER be taken for Granted.
There is a blog also that I find interesting ,a man that has had his whole lung removed.
check it out.

http://www.stigscancerblog.de/

DON'T STOP BELIEVING







Believe

Please read previous blogs.
http://lungcancerlife.blogspot.com/2007/04/it-only-hurts-when-i-breathe.html

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Catching my Breath

Thank You all for your comments and concerns.
I did go to the emergency and my lungs were clear and I showed no respiratory problems,although I couldn't breathe.They gave me an expectorant but said"Get a chest xray as soon as possible,as I think the Cancer has returned.
Well,That did not make me feel any better.
I have a chest xray with the surgeon on may 30th.I will wait til then.
The pain in the back is on going,but now my doc says it is the Fibromalgia.

I am being set up with an oncologist.I have one now but he is just for the lungs.She will be for all parts of the body.
I will feel better that they keep an eye on the rest of me ,before it spreads anywhere else.
Who knows maybe this pain that a lot of us lung cancer victims speak of,is bone cancer.My doctor tells me my lungs are not in my back.I tell him I have to put heat on my back for relief of the pain.I have pain in that area 4-8 hours daily.
But do I want to know if the cancer has spread?I am not sure.
On one hand I want to catch anything early and on the other hand ,I am afraid of all the emotions that I will go through again.
I do know I will decide when the time comes,and pray that I am right.
My scar from the operation,"lobe removal",is healing quite nicely.
I was reading the other day that they have a non-invasive surgery available now.it has been for a while,but my doctor didn't want to use it in my particular case.If I could I would have chose the less invasive one.I do have a 12" scar,but I am alive!
I am planning on runnuing some information video on here in the near future.
Please read my other posts so you can get the gist of this blog.
Til next time

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Friday, February 29, 2008

IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!

The pain is back.This is happening too fast now.
I just wrote a post on here a couple of days ago and all seemed to be well.
I have been feeling very tired lately,and more short of breath than usual.
I thought that I was just getting down because of the long winter.
The pain seems to radiate through all my back.There is no cough,so I do not suspect pneumonia.
I am scared.
I heard that Lung Cancer was a very painful end.I do not know how strong I can be through this uncomfortable time.
I am starting to see the other side of this cancer.
I started having back aches four years ago.I thought that perhaps it was the sitting at the computer.I got a new bed,thinking it was the mattress.
The doctors gave me all sorts of muscle relaxants,pain killers and even physio therapy.
I went continuously to my doctor almost raging with trying to explain the pain.
I also suffered waves of nausea over this time as well.It was and still is not unusual for me to have the waves several times a day.
I think that after my lung cancer diagnosis all of the mentioned symptoms seemed to add up.
I have mentioned before that I have tried to educate myself on the internet,as best as I could ,with regard to emphysema,lung cancer,and cirrhosis of the liver.
I can tell you now,that knowing things does NOT make it any easier.
I have a loving and kind family around me,but you know what?This is something that we have to do on our own.
I am in limbo as to when I must seek medical help.
I am hoping that each day in the next week or so will bring some relief to my back and lungs.
I have both lung cancer and empysema,so it is hard to tell which one is really giving me the problem.
My xray showed No return of the cnacerous tissue around my lung.My chest seemed clear to the doctor a month ago.
I will wait this weekend ,and if I am still feeling like this I will head to the emerg.
I am sorry to whine ,but...
This lung thing sure hurts....
Til next time



DON'T STOP BELIEVING!


Believe

Thursday, February 21, 2008

TOTAL RECALL

As the time draws by this time of year ,I tend to go back,I do try to go forward most of the time,but this is different.

Most of you that are coming to this site are looking for some answers.

I do not profess to have them.

I have tried to relay some of the emotional changes as well as physical differences that you might encounter when diagnosed with "Lung Cancer".
Please read my previous posts. http://lungcancerlife.blogspot.com/2007/08/touching-base.html


I feel like I am writing backwards in time,because of the archiving system.



Before I start to scare you,let me tell you this.

I would do it over again tomorrow,without any hesitation,if it would extend my chances for a longer life.

Following is the morning scenario of a lung operation for Cancer.







It is four oclock in the morning and 35 degrees below zero outside.I am awake.I really do not think I slept.
I manage to dress myself.
It feels strange not putting on any make up.We leave the house at five,in the dark down the highway.
I am so thankful that my husband is driving.I am sure I would not have been able to focus.
I am early for check in for the operation.The nurses are not even there yet.
I wait an hour to be taken upstairs.That hour seemed like a week.
They tell me upstairs that they will do the prep right in the operating room.I am given something to help me relax.
I remember the operating room as I went in and then I saw it when I went out.
You do not feel any pain.
Modern medicine and surgeries are wonderful these days.
I spent more time fearing that I would die on the table.
I was taken to my room.
I had an epidural for pain control,a catheter,iv's and a tube inserted in my chest.
The chest tube,as I understood,was to drain any clots that would cause future problems.
The tube remained in me for 2 days.It was removed with no pain.
I felt fine afterwards.I had some discomfort.
I had twenty-0ne stitches across my back,where they had cut me to get at the lung.
It was a bit uncomfortable,but that was the least of my concerns at that time.
I was ALIVE!
I was tied to a lot of machinary,but I felt like I could have gone right home.
I had not encountered any problems.
I would see the doctor in two months after they received the pathology report.
The two inch tumor was cancerous,but they had managed to get it out before it had spread into the other tissues.
Now I am here,today.
I have spent a lot of time educating myself on preventions,cures and clinical trials,on the internet.
Each person that has encountered the "spot on the lung" situation, will be dealing with it in many different ways.
Before I keep repeating myself though,Please check out my other posts.I am sure you will find something of interest.

Til Next Time


DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Friday, February 01, 2008

THE DEFINING MOMENT:

My chest xray showed that the cancer had NOT returned,as of yet.My Dr. looked at the xray from four months ago and compared it to todays and said no recurrence anywhere else,so far.He said everything was good.



Thank you all for the comments and letters of support.You dont know how many times I read the comments,and I feel caring and hope all round me.



This appointment was important to me in many ways.



I am going to be 57 soon.I do not think that that is old.I have had visions of being on respirators and lung things.I have been down , thinking I was living on borrowed time.



This day is the "Defining Moment".


I am really getting this feeling that this is HOPE for a bit of a future.


The doctor,aka surgeon,said that because he caught my cancer early and managed to get the carcinoma tumor cut out,that I had a very good chance of survival for now.


They had discovered this 2 inch tumor on February 1 of 2006.I had a lobe removed on Feb.28th.


I was very blessed.I had a family doctor that got through to the surgeon before the normal channels lost me in the cracks.


I entered the surgery with a 20% risk of death during the operation.


He said"100 people will go into the OR. and only 80 will come out.


Well,I had to take the operation or risk the cancer spreading further.


I am strong,I guess because I am a mother,and I have had to be.


I was scared,I was in shock.I can say now that


That was Then,This is now.


Many others diagnosed with lung cancer,will have their cancer found too late to be operatable.


I would just like to say to keep up on your doctors appointment.If you do not feel well,Tell someone.


It is usually our nature to think that it will Never happen to us.Be smart!


Educate yourself on the internet.Ask your doctor questions.Write them down and put them on his desk.Most doctors would prefer the concern you, yourself take.

Again,Thank You all for staying with me on this.

I am,unfortunatly still dealing with a lot of physical problems.

My emphysema has gotten a little worse.The "Fibromalgia" is at times a burden for discomfort.

I am however NOT in the hospital.

The sun is shining today,outside and in,and I am Thankful for this little bit more time I have been given.



SO til next time remember....

Please read;
http://lungcancerlife.blogspot.com/2007/08/touching-base.html
It will give you more of a view of how this blog was started.



DON'T STOP BELIEVING!





Believe

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lung Cancer still Lingers

Welcome;
I have been checking out medical news again.Each time I read the stats on survival rates,I feel like a handicapper at the races.I am playing the odds.
I have BAC.That's is an acronym for"BROCHIOLOALALVEOLAR CARCINOMA".
It is a rare cancer,and it is a cancer that can appear in people who have never smoked at all.It is still deadly.
Survival rates vary from 1-3 years.There are of course always mitigating other factors.
I have not been one to take care of my body in the past,therefore I will probably not live as long with this as I would have .
I smoked ,I drank,and I don't remember participating in any exercise,except in school PE.
I used to think that worrying about yourself was a selfish thing.I know now that you have to care about yourself,and that is the least selfish thing you can do.
If I had of smartened up earlier ,my family would not be dealing with this now.
I also know from my readings,and from the various discussions with my DR.,that my cancer was caught early.He just wont say if it was early enough.
I saw a new doctor last week for my copd.She had the results of my breathing tests from a few weeks ago.
There was definetley reduced breathing,as I expected to hear.I was sort of surprised that the "Lobectomy"[removal of a lobe] did not change the results from prior to the operation.
She wrote me a prescription for "Spiriva" and "Advair".I had some on hand,but I always forget to take them.When I do take the inhaler,I find it stuffs me up more.I think it is to open the bronchial tubes,so I guess that is why more phlegm is produced.
I am worried now about seeing my doctor/surgeon on Friday.I have been having a lot of pain in my left upper back,directly over the left lung.He had said last visit that I was a bit congested,but time has moved on four months.
I am not running a temp,so do not think it is pleuresy or pneaumonia.
I will make all my promises to myself this next week.I will say a lot of prayers,as I wait for the xray results.I should be use to that now,but let me tell you,you never do get used to it.My life passes before my eyes,everytime I sit in the waiting room.
I do not know what steps they will take if there is cancer on my left lobe.There are only two lobes there,but the heart is in there somewhere to.Maybe they just give you chemo?
I know I will pass that stage when I get to it,as we know,There is not much of a choice.
I do believe that I have already lived the negative many times over in my mind.I have always,so far walked out of the office over 20 times,Crying with joy.
Thank You all for coming by for a visit.
Please be sure to read my other posts.You will get a better view on this blog,if you start from the beginning.
I hope that in every entry,I answer someones questions on this deadly disease.
There is so so much information on copd and other lung diseases at my favorite site
http://kwrenbscopdnewsoftheday.blogspot.com/
Now,thats a blog!
I believe they will be able to find a prevention for our lung diseases in the very near future.
Have Faith,and

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe

Thursday, January 17, 2008

LUNG CANCER:IS THERE A SILVER LINING?

I'm thinking,I should be dead.

Confusing thoughts run through my head.

This threat of death looming over me for years.In 2002,the" cirrhosis of the Liver"diagnosis.I was given three months to live.I decided to live to the fullest.I gave up drinking and my liver returned to semi normal.It took me another 3 years to put on some weight and try to do a lot of catch up.I had lost a lot of aquaintances from that past and was fighting to get a job and meet new people.I was already being told at that time that I was too old.I was 52.

Since 2002,I have been diagnosed with emphysema,angina,hypertension and fibromalgia.

Wow,Why am I here.??

I wonder if I had already become"hardened">Two years ago,to the day ,when my Doctor told me I had "Lung Cancer".

I was just on my way back up, only to face this dark cloud,once again over my shoulder.

I lived dead for 5 years.I wrote several wills.Every time I would start to make plans,I had to tell myself not to.

I used to have passions.Now I have moments that I must imagine.

I do not think we should be told that we are dying.Then I wonder if sometimes we need to hear something like that to keep us Living.

I am very fortunate to still be here after 2 years.I am so Thankful and so very blessed to have been given so many chances.

I know positive thinking works.I also know that pain is there and it is so hard to deal with.

I know if you are reading this blog,then you or someone you love have probably had lung cancer.

I also know people that cant even think positive,because they are really dying.They have bodies that are quitting.

I also believe in prayer.It has helped me.

Thank You for letting me ramble on......

Doctors check up Feb.1.Getting another xray.I will find out if and where the cancer has spread.

Til Later........





DON'T STOP BELIEVING!



Believe

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

LUNG CANCER:The New Year Begins

Here's TO...A Healthy Happy New Year.
Wishing all of you the best for the coming year.
I will see my doc on February 1st.This will be my last quarterly appointment.He said I will return every six months after that.
I am ,of course not sure if that will be true.I get an x-ray each time to see if and where the cancer has spread.Each time I sit in that waiting room is one of my biggest challenges.
My mind set wants to be positive,but I also must face facts.
I had the one lobe removed on my right lung.The procedure is called a"lobectomy".I am under the impression that if it spreads more into the lung,I could still have another lobe removed.
I also am aware that the cancer can and probably will,spread to any areas in that location,or prey upon some weak area in other places.
Those are the Bad things.
The good things are that I am still surviving this fight.
I have not won the battle yet though.
I play this game,one day at a time.I am more focused on How I feel now,today.
I am well today.I have more energy then I have had in the last year.
I began taking "Xango".It is a juice made with the "Mangosteen Fruit".My girlfriend sent some info to me ,and I thought I would give it a try.
I had a bad time with my circulation,due to lack of oxygen.I have been taking the juice for 2 months now and I actually have warmer hands.My feet still feel cold ,but I can at least feel them.
If this juice works,I will tell the world about it.
I am taking some inhalers, once in a while,but basically I am drug free.Thank God!
I feel like I have wasted so much precious time waiting to die,that this Year I promise to Live.
I will go back to learning some more about blogging,and will continue to educate myself about"Lung Cancer".
Hope you all had a nice "Holiday Season".and I look forward to hearing from you all in the New Year.

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

Believe