Ann Anderson Ann Anderson's Community

First post: 5/6/2017 Latest post: 7/16/2017

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In April 2017 I was diagnosed with lung cancer, (adenocarcinoma) in the right lung. I am almost as surprised as you are, though my mother did have this, and I haven't been feeling well for awhile; I've been very fatigued, and I have a small cough.  Even during our trip to Norway last May, hiking was difficult .
I have the known adenocarcinoma, but I also have scattered, very small non-solid ("ground glass") lesions throughout both lungs which are yet undiagnosed, only guessed at.  All we know is that none of this lit up on PET scan, and this is a good thing. It is not metastatic disease, but may be lung cancer, or something else. Before embarking on removal of the right lower lobe of the lung, which I was told is curative 80% of the time, I want to know more about my disease and the other lung lesions.   Note:  on May 22 the opacities were finally biopsied and determined one was bronchoalveolar carcinoma, which makes my diagnosis multifocal adenocarcinoma, by definition stage 4 disease.
In March I had just found out that I had a large, benign, rare cyst in my abdomen (mesenteric cyst) which is mechanically causing me problems by pressing on my stomach and small intestine.  In fact it was this problem, combined with (and worsening) a gall bladder attack, that landed me in the ER in Waimea on spring break where the imaging was done that alerted my Alaska doctors to the lung nodule. This needs removal as well.
Here's my good news:  I have my Redeemer Jesus, who is closer than a brother,  the Holy Spirit lives in me, and my Creator has me in the palm of his hands.  I have an absolute treasure trove of family and friends all over the world who love me, and I feel loved.
I am currently on a mission with John, seeking the best cancer center and treatment plan for me.  As I write this, we are at our first stop.  We've had a slow start, as there were misunderstandings about the fact that we want to see multiple specialists to completely explore this lung cancer diagnosis; I will be updating through the journal.  Thanks so much for your love, your care, your light, your good thoughts, your prayers for me and my family. I am blessed to have you all around me.

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