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Jen’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.It started with phlegm. Hocking a lot in the morning. I would take a tablespoon of vitamin c and "boom", something started clearing out. Throughout the day I was constantly clearing my throat prior to speaking. This was October '12

Then the cough came. The 8 week plus cough brought me into the doctor, along with shoulder pain. I was given an inhaler and told to take OTC cough stuff. Neither helped. The inhaler gave me a splitting headache. The shoulder pain became more intense. I was using Advil and Tylenol around the clock. The pain and the cough would wake me up. This was November and I was sleeping in blocks of time around taking the pills.

I went back to the doctor. I was given a zpack and an order for a chest X-ray. I was hesitant about the chest X-ray because of how much I paid out of pocket already. After receiving 3 calls in a row telling me to get the X-ray, I went and got it

I got the X-ray the day before leaving for Rhode Island. After I landed I received the results that the diagnosis was pneumonia.

I had a low key Xmas, with lots of rest but i didn't feel much better. So back at the doctor. I saw a different doctor who gave me a really aggressive antibiotic. Nothing changed, still annoying cough and chronic shoulder pain that chiropractic and massage didn't touch.

I went into the er because I was told the pain could be something scary like a blood lot or a new infection. The doctor did some scans and found 2 masses. The options they could be at the time were lymphoma, carcinoma or infectious mass.

I stopped working around now. I didn't have the energy to be all there for my clients.

I started the testing, which included 2 biopsies, a pet scan, a brain MRI. All technicians said it was imperative I did not cough. I was pleasantly surprised that with enough drugs that is possible.

I knew within me it was cancer. I received the confirmation on the 31st of January. The diagnosis is non small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer.

I smoked for short times in my life and I generally live healthy. There is no genetic history of cancer in my family.

I am coming into acceptance that this is my path bringing me a great transformation that will benefit the highest good for all those concerned.