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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

1 comment:

Chris said...

Please post soon and let us know your news from app on Friday. I know whatever it is, that you are strong and can handle whatever God has in store for you. WE are all on a journey of some kind. And we all fight battles daily., I hope your news was good. S