My name is Paige Black. I am 48 years old. My husband’s name is Jason and we have a 14- year-old daughter, Allison. I was diagnosed in April 2017 with Stage 4 lung cancer (adenocarcinoma). I am currently on a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy. I received radiation (SBRT) in the summer of 2018 to my primary tumor.
As a result of my diagnosis, I have met many dedicated health care professionals. Dr. Kathryn Mileham, Dr. Mufti Ahmad, and Dr. John Heinzerling have treated me with kindness and compassion. They are the reason I am alive today.
The Lung Cancer Initiative of NC events provide education, community, and hope. The 2018 5K in Charlotte was the most lung cancer survivors I had ever seen together, regular people, living with a diagnosis that no one wants. I felt a sense of accomplishment when I completed walking the 5K. Having the support of so many other people was encouraging. I will be walking again this year with family and friends. Funds raised result in research, education, and support for survivors. Please consider donating to the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC.
Picture caption: This is my daughter Allison, me, and my husband Jason at the 2018 5K in Charlotte.