Sue Rawlings

First post: Mar 9, 2018 Latest post: Jul 31, 2018

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I am in a place now where I thought I’d never be!

16 months ago I was going down a path where I thought I would be the caregiver for my husband Vince, and today I find myself not as a caregiver but as the one who is in need of care.

I find myself today as I walk with my IV stand wondering how did I get here. Life changes so fast,  and today Vince is gone and I’m am starting  my first round of chemo.  

Four weeks ago after interviewing new doctors, as my long time doctor retired.  I found a great one, and we discussed starting with a clean slate and making sure we ran all the tests to get a baseline.  I also asked if we would be doing a lung scan as we had done every year for the histoplasmosis I was diagnosed with 16 years ago .  The doctor said “I don’t think we need to as it has never really changed”, and at that point I must’ve given him a strange look, because he said we can do it if you want, and I said yeah let’s do it and cover all the bases.

Surprisingly the lung scan came back showing that there was a calcified tumor at the base my thorax.
Many tests and biopsies followed which all came to the same conclusion, I was diagnosed with Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer two weeks ago.  

I’ve wanted to reach out to so many of you but as you can imagine the whirlwind of appointments and doctors visits are all consuming.

Please join my Caring Bridge site and  click on “follow” to get all updates, and please forgive me when I don’t return calls or texts as I normally would. This will be approximately a six month journey and I will keep it updated as often as I can.  Thank you all in advance for your thoughts and prayers. 

I’m going to fight this cancer with everything I have, as I see this as a new beginning and not an ending.

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