Ronda Beaty No Shame in Lung Cancer

First post: Jan 15, 2017 Latest post: May 9, 2021
I am a mother of two beautiful girls, Megan (29) and Madison (25).  I had 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 glands, lymph nodes and brain.