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First Name
Mary

Last Name
Marty

Street Address
635 Indigo St.

City
San Antonio

State/Province
TX

Country of Residence
United States of America

Postal/Zip Code
78216

Health Interests
Autoimmune diseases, Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Cancer, Chronic pain, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Heart and blood vessel disorders, Lung and airway disorders, Women's health issues

Posts (162)

19 hours ago · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

Thank you. I like helping other if I can. Glad for your husband getting support. As for you, there are some places that take a sliding fee and moreover, some Mental health Professionals will charge whatever you pay for your insurance copay. Am retired from that work, but used to use a sliding scale, or ask for the copay. I preferred my clients to pay out of pocket as then their diagnosis (insurance required this) was not in any records and there was much more privacy that way. Anyway, I amn glad you find help here and wish you
and your husband the best.

19 hours ago · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

Quit after many struggles in 1995. What helped was Nicorette 2mgs. and then Original Trident gum. Have no idea why Trident was and is so satisfying, but it still is. I like being smoke free and not heavily addicted as I had been. Was in a place where there was heavy smoking earlier this year and I felt like I was going to be unable to breathe. Still, every once and a while the urge comes back and I just say I won't smoke because I want to be healthy and live my life as fully as possible.

23 hours ago · CT lung cancer screening in Lung Cancer

@joelars Getting back to a semblance of doing most things took about a month int total. The main thing for me, was working on breathing so my right lung would learnt o compensate for its missing lobe. And it has! Yes, I was tired after the surgery, but I'd do things when I had energy–usually int he morning and then rest int he afternoon. I walked a lot around the back yard and slowly worked up to doing light gardening, etc. I was driving after two weeks and although came home on oxygen, was off it completely in about three weeks. It is doable and with the VATS surgery, the pain was tolerable at first and improved almost daily. I actually feel better than I did before the surgery. There were no symptoms prior tot he surgery and I would not have lucked out with doctors finding the carcinoma had I not gone for a heart CT scan. Hope this helps and I'll be glad to answer any other questions you might have.

23 hours ago · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

@merpreb Agree. It is so important to acknowledge ALL our feelings about what is happening to us. Feelings are just hat feelings, but kept inside they literally can make us ill. If she doesn't have a close friend in whom she can survive, maybe there is a cancer support group near her, or some sort fo couseling,or mental health professional with whom she could talk.

1 day ago · CT lung cancer screening in Lung Cancer

@hopeful33250 Thank you. Was simply trying to help the person who wrote above.

1 day ago · CT lung cancer screening in Lung Cancer

Had a CY scan to check heart health. Int hat can was found a mall spot in my lower right lung. Had a biopsy done and it was early cancer. I could have waited and we could have watched to see what might happen. However, my doctor and I decided to get rid fo the thing and I had a lobectomy VATS surgery to remove it and the surrounding tissue. It was so small they think they got it before any spread happened. Tests show I am clear. My point is, if there is something suspicious, i'd have it taken out, especially while it is noticed early. With VATS surgery, the healing time was pretty fast and easy.I am due back after 6 moths for a CT scan to make sure all i clear. My doctor is pretty darned hopeful al is well. If you are comfortable with your doctor, see him about the results as soon as you and he are able to meet. It will reassure you. Hope this helps. I'm pulling for you!

Mon, Jul 8 4:32pm · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

@merpreb Am wishing you the best tomorrow. I will be thinking of you. Thank you for the above words of encouragement. They help. Yes, you make complete and great sense.

Sun, Jul 7 7:34am · Facing Cancer Recurrence, PTSD & Acknowledging Mental Health in Cancer

Am such a newbie at all this I am not sure this si where my post should be. In march of 2019 had a VATS–right lobe removal– for a stage 1 lung cancer spot. Am doing well and since it was so small and caught early with no spread, my oncologist said we will wait until September for a CT. scan. That sounded great. I'm now thinking truly how soon really the CT scan will come in September and if I let myself, I start worrying about the "what ifs." Truth be told, I worry about recurrence, but often times try and NOT think about it. However, it looms in the back of my mind. I know that should cancer be found again, Iw ill deal with it, but the fear of it does NOT go away. Just wondering how others handle this sort of thing. Thank you all for your help.