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Celebrating Survivorship and Making a Difference

2019-08-29T11:14:06-05:00August 9th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Don Stranathan, well-known in the lung cancer community, sometimes is referred to as Superman or Dr. Don. He is well-informed, tenacious, kind, and is always happy to share what he knows with other lung cancer patients. In 2009, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Survivors created a Life Link chain—one link for each year of life since diagnosis. On Saturday, June 22, he celebrated his 10 year cancerversary by hosting a Celebrating Survivorship party and fundraiser [...]

Our First Cancer Support Group Meeting

2019-02-20T19:11:25-05:00February 20th, 2019|Stories of Hope|

By Ginny Hicks My friend and stage IV lung cancer survivor, Rick Rose, and I decided to start a lung cancer support group in Medford, Oregon. We contacted Lung Cancer Alliance for guidance and we were provided with a helpful manual with great ideas for procedures, topics and troubleshooting. We enlisted the help of our local hospital to spread the word and our newspaper ran an article about lung cancer and the support group. We met on December 5, got [...]

The Hardest Times Require the Strongest Support

2019-02-14T14:38:19-05:00February 14th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Erik Hale When I was just 30 years old I was diagnosed with stage 3A adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer. After diagnosis I spent six weeks going through radiation and chemotherapy treatment to reduce the tumor size before going in for a lobectomy procedure where half of my left lung and 20 lymph nodes were removed. The recovery process was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure and I remember those long days in the hospital with my wife Aloy [...]

Traveling with Cancer

2019-01-31T18:12:43-05:00January 31st, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Elizabeth De Jong, lung cancer survivor My parents had an (at the time) unconventional commuting marriage for most of my childhood. Weekends were spent in cars visiting the parent that wasn’t living with us at the moment. These trips sparked a wanderlust in me at a young age. My husband and I collect experiences the way that others collect antiques or action figures. So, when I was diagnosed with lung cancer in September of 2016, our goal was to [...]

Don’t Guess, Test!

2019-05-20T18:15:29-05:00January 17th, 2019|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Kimberly Buchmeier My name is Kimberly Buchmeier and I am from a small town in Southeast Nebraska.  I am a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and a six-year lung cancer survivor.  In 2011, at age 37, I was diagnosed with non-small cell adenocarcinoma. I thought I was pretty healthy. I ran a half marathon the year before, exercise on a regular basis and am not overweight.  With three active kids at home and a full [...]

My Difference Maker

2018-06-21T19:05:36-05:00June 21st, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

Patty (third from right) and her family By Patty Watkins I learned that I had stage 4 adenocarcinoma in February 2014 and was only given two days to live, but fortunately survived beyond this bleak, initial diagnosis. In May 2014 I had my tumor tissue tested for a genetic mutation.  This was a game changer for me because my chemo treatments weren’t working and there was no real possibility of living more than another month. I needed a miracle [...]

My Most Important Job

2018-06-15T19:30:54-05:00June 15th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

David and his son, Connor. By David Marshall Four years ago I was told I had stage 4 lung cancer. I remember the day well. At the time, I was 40 years old, in great shape and very energetic. I had developed a horrible cough and a small bump on my head that had me concerned. After a couple trips to the doctors and a few tests, it became apparent that I had lung cancer, even though I [...]

Survivor Advice for the Newly Diagnosed

2018-06-14T20:05:16-05:00June 14th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

We asked the lung cancer community the following question and here is what they said. "What is one piece of advice you would offer someone newly diagnosed with the disease?" "Don't Google lung cancer statistics! Listen to your body, rest when you're tired. Accept help from family and friends. Live each day to the fullest!" "Education is power! Research your type, stage and treatment options." "Scream, cry, be angry, and then fight like hell and never give up!" "Put one [...]