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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the disease, take action for and raise awareness of lung cancer, and share stories of the people living lung cancer  and their families.   

LUNGevity is spreading the word this Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and we hope you will join us to make a difference! There are plenty of ways to participate - check out five ideas to get you started below.

Find Your Tribe

I used to think support groups were for weak people. Then, I found LUNGevity and Lung Cancer Support Community – boy, did that change my mind.

I discovered LUNGevity’s message board, Lung Cancer Support Community (LCSC), right after they found a rapidly growing nodule in my right lung. At the time, I had just retired early to be a full-time caregiver for my wife, who was in advanced stages of dementia, and I already felt mentally strained.

Fundraiser Spotlight: JC Memorial Golf Outing - Fore the Cure

After their childhood friend Jordan Christie was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer at the age of 25, friends Kyle, Jessica, Colin, Matt, Kellie, Julie, and Mike wanted to help. They saw first-hand how difficult living with lung cancer could be. The friends knew they could have an impact by raising money to help fund the two things that helped Jordan the most: new treatments and support programs.

Running a Half-Ironman as a Lung Cancer Survivor

The day before my lung biopsy, May 18, 2020, I ran 7 miles. As I was running, I couldn’t help but think there is no way I have lung cancer. Yet, when the results of my biopsy came back, that’s exactly what I was diagnosed with: stage I adenocarcinoma non-small cell lung cancer. 

It’s rare to be diagnosed as stage I; in fact, only about 18% of people are. That’s why I call it my “incidentally-noma,” a little joke as a retired nurse about my lung cancer being found completely by accident. 

Gratitude for Each Day

I was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma at the end of July 2019. As a female non-smoker, I was shocked. But I shouldn't have been. Unlike many people diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer who did not experience symptoms, I had respiratory issues for several years prior to my diagnosis, and chest pain led me to the ER in 2017 and 2018. The chest x-rays showed nothing unusual according to the reports, and in 2018 I was told it was probably a pulled muscle.