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5/27/2016 Latest post:
Back in April of 2016, I started having a persistent cough. I initially went into urgent care where they did an x-ray that showed an infiltrate. The Dr. said it was pneumonia and gave me a z-pack of antibiotics. A month later, still not getting better, I went back in to my primary doctor and they did another x-ray, saw the same infiltrate, and then proceeded to give me some steroids to help with the "pneumonia". The Dr. told me that pneumonia can take sometime to clear up (up to 8 weeks) so I went home, tried the steroids, but felt no relief. Finally, by the end of May I had had enough. I called my doctor and asked if I could come in again (earlier than the 8 weeks) because I was at my wits end with the coughing. I went in and begged for a CT scan. They first did another x-ray, found that the infiltrate changed since the previous one, and then did a CT scan later that afternoon. The next morning, I got the horrible call from my Dr. to come with a loved one. I had Stage IV Adenocarcinoma of the lungs with mets to my breast bone and lymph nodes. My cancer came back with a gene mutation that allows me to be on Tarceva (a targeted chemotherapy that is a daily pill).