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!