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The Power of Mindset

April is Stress Awareness Month, and for those living with lung cancer, feelings of stress or anxiety can become unwelcome symptoms of the changes and challenges living with lung cancer creates. However, tools like mindset and mindfulness have led to individuals gaining a sense of control over their emotions, including stress.

Cancer Won’t Stop You

After battling a persistent cough for six months, I went in for a chest x-ray. This was July 2020, right in the thick of the pandemic, which is why I put off going in for so long. After nothing we tried seemed to help the cough, though, I knew it was time to figure out what was going on inside my lungs.

La Esperanza

Read Fran's story in English

Me diagnosticaron cáncer de pulmón en estadio IV en 2012 cuando solo tenía 39 años.  En ese momento, no había pruebas disponibles para determinar qué tipo de cáncer de pulmón tenía.  Todo lo que sabía era que "era cáncer de pulmón, nada más".

Hope

Lea la historia de Fran en español.

I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2012 when I was only 39 years old. At the time, there were no tests available to determine what type of lung cancer I had. All I knew was that "it was lung cancer, nothing more."

The Power of Positivity

There are two mantras I repeat to myself and others: “Don’t count the days, make the days count,” coined by Mohammad Ali, and “Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees; it brought me to my feet,” said by Michael Douglas. Another mantra I like is one of my own creation: “My mind and soul can heal my body.”

What I like about these quotes is their positivity. I’ve always believed a positive attitude could help fight my lung cancer.