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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lung Cancer still Lingers

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
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



Thursday, January 17, 2008


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........



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.