Jenny Scheve

First post: Dec 5, 2018 Latest post: Jul 28, 2020

And, we're off! . . . .   A new journey for me began on Oct. 26th this year with the words one never wants to hear . . . "you have cancer".     It started off simply enough with a chronic cough which I attributed to virus and allergies.  The cough persisted despite treatments and an initial chest x-ray was ordered.  Asymetry was noted in my lung fields which lead to a CAT scan of the chest which lead to a pulmonary consult with bronchoscopy which lead to my diagnosis.    Six days later I was sitting in an exam room of a pulmonary oncologist and received the worst news ever. 

My primary source of cancer is a Papillary Adenocarcinoma of the right middle and lower lobe of my lung.  I have metastasis to the adrenal gland and also to the brain. 

The cancer results from a genetic mutation, so there is no external source that caused it like radon, asbestos, smoking, etc.  My type generally occurs in non-smoking females.  I did test positive for a specific mutation - the EGFR - which fortunately enabled me to be started on an oral immunotherapy agent TAGRISSO.  Basically it is a medication taken daily that targets the "bad cells" and does not leave you with all the systemic complications of a typical round of chemo/radiation. 

I have been so humbled by the outpouring of kind words, cards, and prayers from friends, neighbors and my dearest family anyone could ever hope to have.  I appreciate every word, every note which led to my decision to share my story on Caring Bridge.

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it!    I am already a different person.  A better person.  A more grateful person.  A more patient person.  I am learning to slow down a little, to appreciate every little moment and love more deeply.   I find the most comfort in my faith and am so fortunate to have such faith-filled people in my circle of friends and family.  

Thank you to each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! 

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