October 25 2017
It is nearly 7 years in the past that fairly accidentally, a suspicious nodule was found in my proper lung. The spot was revealed throughout a CT scan after I went to the ER for abdomenal ache, pondering I might need appendicitis. To my shock and horror, I discovered that I had lung most cancers. I had no signs of any type, no household historical past, and I had by no means smoked a day in my life.
I couldn’t imagine this was taking place to me. After a profitable lobectomy without having for additional therapy, I really felt I had dodged a bullet. I used to be so relieved, particularly when each follow-up scan was clear.
My reduction ended all of the sudden in March 2015. After experiencing months of debilitating thigh, leg and again ache, for which I used to be receiving chiropractic therapy to no avail, I lastly went to an orthopedist. There I discovered that the most cancers had metastasized to my bones. I had been strolling round with a pelvic fracture, and additional scans confirmed spots in my ribs, lung and mind as properly.
My very core was shaken, and life would NEVER be the identical. Within the darkest and scariest time of my life, whereas I used to be having biopsies and questioning what would turn into of me, I used to be given some wonderful information. I had the EGFR receptor mutation, and a drug named Tarceva had been discovered to dam or gradual the EGFR alerts. This newer therapy – which wasn’t even obtainable a couple of years in the past – can gradual the expansion and even kill off most cancers cells. By the grace of God and medical analysis, I’m able to dwell with lung most cancers as a continual illness and never an automated dying sentence!
My Tarceva therapy started in April 2015, two days earlier than my lovely grandson Anthony was born. At the moment, I did not know whether or not I might be round to observe him and my different grandchildren develop. I used to be devastated to assume that Anthony, Isabella (then 2 years outdated) and Benjamin (who was 1) won’t have the chance to know and bear in mind me – the Grandma who loves them with all her coronary heart. Fortunately, and sure, additionally by the grace of God, this therapy is giving me many extra years with my household. I’m having fun with all of the milestones in life that I’ve appeared ahead to experiencing. I’ve loved household holidays and fantastic occasions spent along with household and mates, bucket listing journeys to Italy and the Grand Canyon, holidays, birthday celebrations, kiddie events, first days of pre-school, dance recitals and plenty of babysitting! My husband and I not too long ago turned 60, and our wonderful youngsters shocked us with a celebration. We loved household and mates, and held our grandchildren. We laughed and made extra fantastic lifelong recollections. Life is nice!
Marie Clay addressing this 12 months’s Northern New Jersey Free to Breathe Stroll.
Once I noticed a Free to Breathe flyer at Morristown Medical Middle, my dwelling away from dwelling, I needed to take a better look. I noticed that the Northern New Jersey Free to Breathe Stroll could be going down in October, and I simply knew I needed to be part of it. I used to be delighted to hitch all of the wonderful individuals -– fellow warriors, survivors, supporters, family and friends – at this superior fundraising occasion! In spite of everything, the analysis funded by beneficiant members at occasions just like the Northern New Jersey Stroll has given me treasured years with the individuals I like. As a lung most cancers survivor, I informed my story from the stage on occasion day and am sharing it with you now.
Due to my newfound perspective and most cancers journey, I by no means take a minute of my life with no consideration, I embrace and luxuriate in day-after-day that’s given me, and I’m grateful. I look ahead to a protracted life.
I’m so grateful to all of you who help lung most cancers analysis by giving your time and assets to assist put an finish to this terrible illness.