Celebrating Survivorship and Making a Difference

2019-08-09T11:16:57-05:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

Doing My Part

2018-10-18T15:01:01-05:00October 18th, 2018|Events, Hot Topics|

By Michelle McMahon My connection to lung cancer began when I was a teenager. I lost my mom to this disease just before her 53rd birthday. Some 33 years later I was handed the same lung cancer diagnosis in the form of Bronchoalveolar Carcinoma (BAC). I was 49 years old and like my mom I had never smoked or experienced any ill health. It all started with a small, nagging, non-productive cough that wouldn’t go away.  After a few weeks, [...]

How I Got My Second Wind… and Wrote a Book About It

2018-04-09T14:19:49-05:00April 9th, 2018|Hot Topics, Stories of Hope|

By Dann Wonser How many things have you learned since your cancer journey began, that you wished you had known right from the beginning? If you’re like me, it’s a long list. How do you get through the shock of those first few weeks? (Umm… months?) How do you share the news with those people that you care about and what do you say as your path takes new turns? There may have been a person or two that has [...]