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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Roz in Ready for yet another new normal   
    I had an appointment with Super Doc on Thursday. He said to stay home as long as my job will allow me too - he said the risk of exposure is just too high. He's hopeful a vaccine will make some impact but that won't be a reality for 6 to 12 months, so I'm home until then. I told him I was more scared of the virus than a lung cancer recurrence because I felt sure the virus would kill me. He said it would.  He also quashed my trip - I knew he would and I knew it was the right thing to do. Still sucks.
    Hope you all continue to stay safe!
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    Susan Cornett reacted to PaulaC in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Hey guys its been awhile since I've posted. It's really a different world right now. 
    I'm like the rest of you staying at home or going to one of my sons and watching a granddaughter.  My husband still works but was furloughed until last week which makes us both nervous. He's 72 and works at the airport. The only good thing about his job is it's not around a lot of people. We've been talking and have pretty much decided that when I go on medicare he'll retire. Medicare is another thing that worries me. 
     I'm lucky to see one of the grand babies because they were quarantined and working from home. We haven't seen my other son, his wife and their kids since January.  My daughter moved to Las Vegas for work in January so not only is she in a new city by herself we can go see her.
    I'm nervous about things opening up the virus getting worse. You guys stay safe and take care.
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Lisa Haines in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Tom - we're going to need a bird-cam set up in your yard - livestream!
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Steff in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Tom - we're going to need a bird-cam set up in your yard - livestream!
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Tom Galli in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Susan,
    I had a similar conversation with my doctor Friday with the same prognosis--about of COVID-19 will put me in the grave. He says to stay inside (or well socially distanced in my front yard) and do not mix with the public under any circumstances. He's not even sure if a vaccine is enough protection and suggests I'll need to wait till herd immunity develops. That could be several years.
    So I am homebound and down to watching birds, answering forum message boards, and writing my novel.  Yes, I'll rig up my camera and get some photos of the "boss cardinal" and post them up.
    Stay the course.
    Tom
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Tom Galli in Ready for yet another new normal   
    I had an appointment with Super Doc on Thursday. He said to stay home as long as my job will allow me too - he said the risk of exposure is just too high. He's hopeful a vaccine will make some impact but that won't be a reality for 6 to 12 months, so I'm home until then. I told him I was more scared of the virus than a lung cancer recurrence because I felt sure the virus would kill me. He said it would.  He also quashed my trip - I knew he would and I knew it was the right thing to do. Still sucks.
    Hope you all continue to stay safe!
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Susanrae in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Tom,
    I should have hired you as my new consultant with your knowledge of travel insurance.  As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm pretty sure I'm home for the long haul. My husband and I are considering an RV as a travel option because we can get away but not be reliant on others to clean up after us, feed us, etc. 
    I'm with you - I didn't beat lung cancer to get taken out by this, either. I have plans!
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    Susan Cornett reacted to MarieE in Ready for yet another new normal   
    I, too, have become an expert on travel insurance lately. We had to cancel two big trips, one to Italy and one to Portugal. In the absence of a cancer diagnosis, our insurance would not even have paid for our canceled trips since it exempted the pandemic from covered causes.
    We are fortunately retired so it has been fairly easy to isolate and order everything we need online. We've also been doing video appointments with doctors to the extent possible. That said, going out for medical tests has been challenging and we're not looking forward to my husband having to go out for treatment soon.
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Steff in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Susan - I echo your and Tom's thoughts - my mom says all of the time...I didn't beat lung cancer to die from this crap! lol
    I've been lucky enough to work from home too.  I've come to absolutely love it and dread the day I must return to a physical office and coworkers (who aren't the furry, 4 legged type).  As a part of management, I have had a voice in what our "new normal" will look like.  My state has 4 phases of start-up, each County is considered a separate entity (apparently COVID doesn't cross county lines!).  My county just entered Phase 2 (don't ask what that all means because I have no idea!), but it does mean that we are getting closer to going back to "normal" in a month or so.  Now that I have a general timeline, my anxiety has peaked.  I feel that if I am forced back into my physical office, I have to choose between my job and hugging my parents.  I hate that this is a choice we have to make not only for ourselves but our loved ones.  While I am less worried about myself or husband contracting the virus, our isolation is driven by our need to see our family. 
    Although my concern has not been related to recreational activities at this point, I have given some thought as to what future concerts and similar large events will look like.  I'm scared to think about it because my mom and my favorite thing to do is go to concerts.  She has also gotten into the local non-professional hockey team in her town.  I got her season tickets this year (prior to COVID) because she had so much fun with her friends at the games last year.  I am sort-of hoping that the season will be cancelled so my mom isn't torn as to whether she should go or not.  I really wish you had a crystal ball so you can tell us what to expect and what to do! lol
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Steff in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Tom,
    I should have hired you as my new consultant with your knowledge of travel insurance.  As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm pretty sure I'm home for the long haul. My husband and I are considering an RV as a travel option because we can get away but not be reliant on others to clean up after us, feed us, etc. 
    I'm with you - I didn't beat lung cancer to get taken out by this, either. I have plans!
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Tom Galli in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Tom,
    I should have hired you as my new consultant with your knowledge of travel insurance.  As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm pretty sure I'm home for the long haul. My husband and I are considering an RV as a travel option because we can get away but not be reliant on others to clean up after us, feed us, etc. 
    I'm with you - I didn't beat lung cancer to get taken out by this, either. I have plans!
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Tom Galli in Ready for yet another new normal   
    Susan,
    I've had so many scheduled trips cancelled, I've become an expert in travel insurance claims!
    My medical team all suggest a strict quarantine till herd immunity is established. This due to my very low pulmonary capacity and the primary attack point of the virus is my under capacity lung. I'm sitting this one out confined to the house or driving Martha to a shopping destination and remaining in the car. Martha disinfects everything brought into the house including Amazon packages and the mail. 
    There is much clamor to open the nation and oddly I think that is a good idea. There won't be herd immunity till the virus spreads through a large portion of our population. A vaccine may help but I'm troubled by reports I've read about re-infection with COVID-like symptoms. So this may behave like our annual flu virus where virologists take a best guess at a vaccine formulation that may not have any effect on the virus in circulation. 
    One more thing I think about---I don't want to have waged a successful campaign against lung cancer to be taken out by a simple virus! So, I am staying inside and....
    Staying the course.
    Tom
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Tom Galli in 4 years!   
    Congratulations Susan!
    Four years is a wonderful milestone and next year, you might move to semiannual scans! 
    Thank you for being an advocate for lung cancer awareness and for your support of those who join our forum seeking guidance and answers. Research is vital to improving outcomes but your work on our forum is equally vital in making the case that hope is still a good thing.
    Stay the course.
    Tom
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Tom Galli in Celebrating Sixteen Years!   
    So so so very happy for you! You are absolutely my rock.
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Susanrae in There are days....   
    Newly diagnosed April 11, 2019, and it is so good to read all of this information from survivors...do not compare my new life with lung cancer to my old one.  I need to start a journal with all of these quotes in it to get me through my dark days.  Thanks to all for sharing...
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    Susan Cornett reacted to ColleenRae in Taking a page from Tom's book   
    Loved seeing this Susan... Sorry for being late in congratulating you. I admire you and want you to know that it does inspire others, like me...
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Tom Galli in A Life Well Lived   
    I've been so hit or miss here lately that I'm just seeing this.  I'm sorry for your loss, and her family, but it sounds like she didn't give in to cancer and lived her life on her terms.  We should all be so fortunate to live that way.  
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Roz in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Susan,
    I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner as I would have responded right away. So happy to hear that today is a better day. I hope that the treatment starts as soon as possible and completely understand your frustration and feelings of anxiety. Here's to many more sunrises and sunsets ahead!!
     
    Ro
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    Susan Cornett reacted to BridgetO in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    You are entitled to a meltdown whenever you need/chose/are overcome by one! I'm glad today is a better day.
    Bridget O
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Steff in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Thank you all for indulging my meltdown yesterday.  Today is a better day because I decided it would be.  The sun is out (FINALLY) and I'm alive.  I don't believe I can ask for much more than that.
     
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    Susan Cornett reacted to KatieB in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Thinking about you.
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    Susan Cornett reacted to PaulaC in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Susan I hope today is a better and I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. Big Hugs
    Tske Care
    Paula
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Steff in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Susan,
    I often think about how things might be if the roles were reversed and I was the cancer patient, not my mom.  I always wish that I could be the one who had gotten cancer, not my mom. She has enough to deal with with all of her other medical issues and taking care of my dad.  But then I really think that my mom would probably worry even more if her only child were the one with cancer.  I couldn't even imagine having to tell my parents that I have cancer.  You are a brave woman to not only confront your battle head on, but also to try to soften the blow for your parents.  And it sounds like you are lucky to have Neil!  I have a very small family too - no siblings or children either.  It's pretty much just my parents and I (my husband isn't as supportive!).  I understand the stress that comes with a small family unit and how we try to soften the blow for any type of bad news.  I am so sorry you are having to battle this recurrence and I am as equally as sorry that you had the stress of sharing your news with your parents.  Sometimes I don't know which is worse.  
    I hope that your treatment begins quickly so you can get this bout done and over with!  I am thinking of you and your family, sending hugs and awaiting to start my happy dance for you.
    Take Care,
    Steff
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    Susan Cornett reacted to Laurel in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Susan- I am so sorry you are going through this. Sending soft hugs.
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    Susan Cornett got a reaction from Tom Galli in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    The logical part of my brain knows the SBRT is the way to go.  In addition to the article you shared, I found a lot of great articles about it; very promising.  But today is one of those days - I'm tired/anxious/frustrated/done with cancer and have spent the day in tears.  The last couple of weeks have been stressful with appointments and scans and waiting.  Just ready to get this treatment under my belt and get out of my own head!  
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