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  2. Hello, I am Grace. I'm looking for some suggestions. My younger son is behaving indifferently lately. He is not showing any interest in spending time with friends or family, nor showing any interest in playing football which was his favorite game. He is spending his time alone these days. I am planning to take him to a mental health center. My friend mentioned Compass Health Center in Chicago provides virtual mental health sessions as well. Does anyone know about this? Please comment with your opinions.
  3. LSR

    LSR

    Hi Lou, I just want to let you know that the article finally published. You can find it here: https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/features/how-i-found-community Thanks again so much for letting me use your name, your experiences and your wisdom. Wishing you all the best, Linda
  4. I just love the commercial where the kid shaves his head and asks his girl to go to the prom. Exceptional. Peace Tom
  5. LSR

    LSR

    It's amazing how kind and considerate you are when you are dealing with so many things in your own life. We need more like you! With thanks, Linda
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    LSR

    Well. I hope and expect traffic here to increase. Regardless, you have done a great service for people. Ask for a raise! Peace Tom
  7. Rower is such a stud. A gender neutral stud of course
  8. LSR

    LSR

    Thanks so much. But really, a story is only as good as its sources.
  9. LSR

    LSR

    Hi Tom, Here you go. I haven't looked at the published version, so I don't know what got cut or changed, but I think it's probably pretty intact because the editor loved what everyone had to say. https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/features/how-i-found-community Thanks again so much for being willing to share your time, experiences, and wisdom. Wishing you nothing but the best, Linda
  10. Thank you Tom for taking the lead on yet another important issue. What a tragedy. Unfortunately it is all about money. Cancer is a windfall and a gift that keeps on giving for Pharmaceutical companies and also our Politicians. Just look at this chart from 2018. Cancer drugs and treatment is the highest revenue generator among all deceases (https://www.statista.com/statistics/279916/top-10-therapeutic-classes-by-global-pharmaceutical-sales/). It makes perfect sense to me that if a stage four lung cancer patient can survive for 5 or 6 years, there must be away for the majority of lung cancer p
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  12. We are spending gobs of money on COVID research. The pandemic death toll in the US just passed 400,000 souls and that is bad. Or is it? Saying something is bad begs a point of comparison: as in bad compared to what? Let's say deaths from lung cancer. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 152,977 perished from lung cancer in FY 2020. Well that is certainty less than COVID deaths but COVID has been killing for only 1 year. Lung cancer has been killing forever. Hopefully a COVID vaccine will take hold and arrest the death rate. I wonder what arrests the lung cancer death rate.
  13. Babs: I admire your resilience and I congratulate you for quitting. It is not easy but it can be done. I went through many phases of fighting cigarettes. I smoked for 10 years and I tried to quit every day without succeeding. Finally I decided to be truthful with myself and admit that I was addicted . Only there and then I understood that I was a slave to nicotine and a prey to tar. I started on Nicorette Gum. At the beginning I chewed the gum till I had sores in my mouth. But little by little I reduced the chewing till I quit completely. 40 years later, I still feel sorry for inflicting smo
  14. I quit smoking in favor of vaping a year before my first lung cancer diagnosis three and a half years ago. I continued to vape--my oncologists still considered me a non-smoker--and it was the ONLY thing that kept me safely away from smoking. I can't stomach the gum/lozenges and the patches never worked for me. I have read a couple of articles speculating (nothing proven) that nicotine, while not a carcinogen, MIGHT encourage faster tumor growth. I decided I didn't want to take any chances (I'm now Stage IV), so I'm still vaping, but I switched to 0 percent nicotine. I tapered down over th
  15. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.7 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been given in the U.S. so far. There are still many questions surrounding the vaccine, especially for those with lung cancer. Will the vaccine interfere with cancer treatment? Does the vaccine provide complete protection? Should caregivers receive the vaccine? We answer these questions and more in our latest blog. https://bit.ly/35V735W
  16. Yeah, I guess it's just fear of the unknown. I will go with what my Doctors recommend. If I have a reaction, I hope it is not a bad one, If I don't I'll be very happy 😊 thanks everyone, for your valuable inputs, I'm just in no rush to get it Lol 😂
  17. Helo Kmc and welcome here. I'm sorry to hear about yoor mother's cancers and the tough decision she is facing. My mother died from metastatic breast cancer. She opted to discontinue her chemo, It was causing a rare form of neuropathy that affected motor rather than sensory nerves. She became progressively physically disabled and lost all mobility. When she began to lose the use of her hands, she decide to discontinue treatment and I supported the decsion. These are really hard choices. It's a blessing that your mom can stay at home and has family caregivers. Let us know how we can support
  18. Welcome to our site. As usual there is not much that can be added to Tom's post except wishing you well. When/If you have questions about Hospice please do not hesitate to ask because some of us have first line experience. They are Godsend for both patient and family. Again I wish you the best.
  19. Kmc, Welcome here. Life, it seems, is about making touch choices. There is that crossover point in medical treatment where the cure is worse than the malady. Unfortunately, that point is most prevalent in cancer treatment. My wife and I faced a time in 4th line treatment where we had slim odds of success. I'd had a total of 18 infusions of chemotherapy in nearly 3 years of treatment and a still tumor persisted. This was well before modern treatment methods of targeted therapy and immunotherapy, and another round of Taxol and Carboplatin for us had very high probability of yieldi
  20. Welcome. Sounds like you have a good plan to support your mother. I'm glad you found this site, even if it is late in the game. If you have any questions ask away. If not we are pretty good at listening as well. Peace Tom
  21. What a wonderful community. I am grateful to have found it. My 72 year old mother has been battling cancer for 5 years; breast cancer returned from 20 years ago and she had a new diagnosis of SCLC December 2020. She completed one round (out of 4 assigned rounds) of chemo and developed serious pneumonia that landed her in the hospital for two weeks. We didn’t think she was going to make it, but she did! I have lovingly teased her for years that she is the kitty cat with nine lives. She always rallies and somehow pulls through. She is now at home and has my 75 year old father
  22. Yes there are those reports in addition to 400,000 deaths and millions infected. That does not scare me the most. What does is the fear to infect my wife, family ,friends and anybody I come close to. For that alone I will happily take my chance with the vaccine especially under the guidance of my doctor.
  23. I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and still struggling with addiction to nicotine
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  25. Anyone care to share thoughts if you are not getting the Covid vaccine and why not. I'm still undecided as I look back 2 years ago starting Imfinzi treatment and was given a flu shot at my infusion appointment resulting in a horrendous rash head to toe.
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  27. LSR

    LSR

    Hello, My name is Linda Rath, and I'm a healthcare journalist. I'm currently working on a feature story for WebMD about support groups and communities for people with lung cancer. I would love to interview some folks on this site about their experiences with these groups. My deadline is tight--January 4--and I would need to complete the interview before that. Happy to send a few questions via email so you can respond in private. I look forward to hearing from some of you. Many thanks, Linda
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