My Cancer Journey
When I was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the spring of 2003, I was shocked and dismayed to learn that the 5-year survival rate of this terrible disease was a dismal 15%. What a frightening statistic!
I received treatment at UNC Cancer Center in Chapel Hill where I participated in a clinical trial and several months later underwent a pneumonectomy of the right lung. During my recovery, I began to understand that sharing my journey with others who had a similar experience was an integral part of the healing process. I soon began to look for ways in which I could not only meet and support other lung cancer survivors, but also, hopefully, contribute in making a difference in our survival statistics.
Eventually, my path crossed with that of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. I have become an active volunteer and advocate for awareness and increased funding for lung cancer research. Today, I am thankful to say that I am celebrating 16 years as a survivor. Even though there has been great progress made in the treatments for lung cancer, many challenges still remain. I do believe that those challenges will be overcome and this difficult battle will be won. Someday, in the near future, a cure for lung cancer will be discovered.