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Mon, Feb 11 10:23pm · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

Hi Margot, I had the same trouble as you with a doctor and there was no way he would listen to me. As I was checking out, I told them I would not be back and found someone to replace him. It is so difficult when you are going to the best and he doesn't HEAR you. Bring a close friend, relative with you to your appointment, so when you speak to the doctor that person can affirm what you are saying with a nod or verbal reply. If not that, when the doctor comes in, look at him square in the face and tell him I want you to listen to me in a firm voice. Maybe these suggestions may work. If not, remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and you chose the best. And this should being out a "best"outcome. Blessings.

Fri, Feb 8 12:44pm · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

You certainly have your challenges. The weather in the U.P. of Michigan has also been a struggle with rain, ice snow, sleet and -43 chill factors. And a lot of us do not brave the elements. I am sorry that the present diagnosis was such. He sounds like a fighter and a positive attitude affects any disease or illness. I hope your journey is a good one. Blessings

Tue, Feb 5 11:00am · Small Cell Lung Cancer in Lung Cancer

I will be thinking about you. I am sorry you are faced with cancer again. You beat it once, I hope this journey is the same. I also have SCLC. Blessings.

Thu, Jan 31 1:36pm · Just Diagnosed Emphysema in Lung Health

Hi, I can relate to your feelings of sadness and feeling guilty about smoking. I also have anxiety like you along with depression and PTSD. I do have small cell lung cancer also.When I was first diagnosed I knew I could beat the cancer, now I am feeling trepidatious. It is the emphesyma that scares me. Please be very assertive when dealing with medical personnel. I have learned to be, but fortunately I go to Mayo for my cancer and have the BEST team there. I absolutely love them. Do you go to a pulmonologist? I think that would be a good start. I look at credentials, opinions, to fine the best I can. And when you consider quitting smoking. Know that it is hard. ANddddd it is doable. I was physically and mentally addicted. I took it minute by minute, till it was hour by hour, then on and on. Now it is 16 years. Yes, I still would like a cigarette. But, for a million reasons, I will never do that. I am so, so sorry about your daughter. I cannot imagine your unbearable pain. You are so brave to even say the words. I admire your fortitude. Know that there is a lot that can be done for emphesyma. I do use inhalers and have gone to PT for it. Try to get into an exercise program. It was help with the anxiety and breathing. Will be thinking of you.

Thu, Jan 31 1:14pm · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

My mother passed away in 2012. She was my friend, confidant and companion. I have been divorced for almost thirty years. My boys have their own places now, but I feel like I caused their problems. Yes, I was diagnosed at the end of 2016, had radiation in 2017, that is why this is crazy. I am falling apart now. I have had depression and anxiety before. I sound so weak. Maybe, this is more of an issue now because my six month appt. for Mayo is in March. And my brother is dying of emphysema and a bad heart. Sorry for complaining.

Thu, Jan 31 12:43pm · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

Hi, My name is OlgaMarie. I have small cell lung caner, COPD and emphysema. And I can not stop crying lately. I am not afraid of the cancer, but of the emphysema. I put on a happy mask, but at home, I am upset. My life has been challenged with PTSD, caring for a son with schizophrenia ( doing really well now), an alcoholic son and a mother with alzheimers. I did those things for almost eight years and wanted to start to live again. Then cancer. I should not complain, but I am so mad. I finally wanted to find someone to love me and this. I am 73 and I tried, but now feel shattered. I know this is pathetic when so many people are more sick than I. I just want to be serene. I started to eat healthy (than the holidays) go to the YMCA three times a week. What should I do? Thank you so, so much for being here.