Adam took this of me on one of our many road trips.  We take off as often as possible and go camping.  We enjoy finding restaurants that only the locals know about!

Ronda Beaty

First post: 1/15/2017 Latest post: 3/25/2017
I am a mother of two beautiful girls, Megan (25) and Madison (21).  I have always been a person that exercises regularly.  Over the past several months I found it difficult to climb stairs and go for a nice walk (or hike).  I just thought that since I had taken some time off from the gym, I was really out of shape!

In November for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was on a camping trip with my fabulous boyfriend, Adam in Southern Ohio.  We went for a 4 mile hike.  It was really difficult for me to keep up!  I hadn't experienced that before.  I was used to being the one in the front, at the top of the hill waiting for everyone else.  That evening I was in a lot of pain and was coughing like crazy.  The next day, after visiting family in the area, I went to urgent care. 

An X-ray revealed I had pneumonia.  The urgent care facility gave me a prescription for an antibiotic, an inhaler, a shot of an antibiotic and a shot of steroids.  The next day I felt a lot better.  As a few days went by, I noticed I wasn't feeling better any more, I was feeling worse.  I went to my family physician (a FANTASTIC MAN and friend), he believed the antibiotic they had prescribed for me in Southern Ohio wasn't adequate, and gave me a much stronger one.  In a few days, I felt better. 

Well, after completing the round of antibiotics, after a few days, I felt bad again.  Doc ordered my X-ray from the urgent care facility and had me have another x-ray for comparison.  Something was off.  He ordered a CT scan.  It has been a blur since.  Everything happened so fast.  I had my CT scan on Thursday, December 22nd.  Doc called and asked me to come to his office that day.  I did.  He had sent my CT scan results to a Pulmonary doctor, and the next day, December 23rd, I learned the CT scan revealed 2 masses in my right lung and also showed some lymph nodes that were suspicious.

I was supposed to leave December 24th for a cross country road trip to visit my oldest daughter in California.  The doctors encouraged me to continue with my plan and go on my trip.  So, I did. 

Adam and I returned to Ohio on January 8th, 2017.  The following Wednesday, January 11th, I had a biopsy.  They took 2 lymph nodes, and did a bronchoscopy.  Friday the 13th (I know, right??), I received the word that, yes, I do have lung cancer... Stage 4.  It has spread to my adrenal gland and my lymph nodes.

On Friday, February 3rd, I had my first round of chemotherapy.  It was really scary.  I'm doing well, and grateful to finally be implementing the "plan of attack". 

Update 3-3-17
I have had two rounds of chemotherapy to date.  This Monday, I have an appointment with my doctor.  I have had a bone scan and a CT scan done and Monday I will find out if my treatment is working!  I feel like it is, so I'm really hoping the news is good.

Update 3-7-17
As of yesterday, my "mass" has reduced by 25%.  My lymph nodes are either the same or reducing!  This is all good news.  Moving forward with current treatment.  2 more rounds of friendly drip, then my team will decide my new course of action!

Updated 3-25-17
I have a new Oncologist!  Insurance required, but definitely has turned in to a good match.  My new Oncologist is Dr. Manisha Nanda.  She is fabulous.  She is personal, direct, informative and works with me as a whole.  I am not just numbers on paper.  I see her at least once every week and sometimes twice a week.  She is very involved in my treatment on a personal level.  She treats me like a friend when I'm there, and doesn't sugar coat anything.  I am a believer that everything happens for a reason.  I am where I need to be now.

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