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Donna G

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    Donna G got a reaction from Cheryncp123 in Pulmonologist's Role?   
    Hello.  Sorry you are going through this.  I imagine your husband is acting as most men would  ,  " like a tough guy" 
     
     
    I can not say for sure what that Dr 's role is but what I can imagine it might be. If your husband smoked that long he might surely need help quiting. 
    Also he might need an evaluation of what his lung capacity is or is he able to maintain good Oxygen sats.  Will he need help to tolerate his needed treatment.
     
    Please be there for the times your husband may open up and talk  He will need someone nonjudgemental to listen to him.
     
    Keep us posted.
     
    Donna G 
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Eleven Plus Years NED   
    Hello.  So happy to hear of your story of survival. 
     
    I survived but my father in law and my husband did not.
    Did you hear the American Lung Association trying to raise money for research of lung cancer? 
     
     
    I bet not.  The news broadcasts every month it seems about events to raise money for Breast Cancer
    BUT almost never about lung cancer events.  Most people think that all people with lung cancer smoked.
    Do they ever mention that pregnancy and breast feeding decrease your chances for breast cancer?
    Do they ever say that using birth control pills etc increase your chance for breast cancer? No they call them "health care".
     
    When I was young they encouraged you to smoke and enjoy yourself.  Every one smoked on TV , the news broadcasters, Lucille Ball and Ricky .
    Research had  been done at that time that showed it put you at risk but the tobacco companies said it was not good research, you'd be fine.
    After all they wanted to make lots of money! 
     
    I hope you are serious with wanting to join us few survivors to inform the public and get research on prevention, early diagnosis and cures.
     
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Joyce1248 in No change!   
    Thanks for the update.  No change sounds great to me.
    I think the view from the highroad is great !  Scientifically it has been proven that
    even making a laughing sound and putting it with a smile on your face is good for you.
    It raises good hormones and makes you healthier. 
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from DonnaC in New to Site and Introduction   
    Hello and welcome.  You have done one of the things you need to do , you found us.   Finding  support and information , a place to air your feelings are all very important for you.
     
    They saw the spot last August? It took 5 months to diagnose?  Glad they got your treatment going. I started with daily radiation and 2 chemo drugs.  The follow up CT showed it responded.
    then I had surgery to remove my right upper lobe and more chemo after. Let us know what your next step is.  Keep us posted.
     
    See below to find the story of my journey, It was tough but I am so thankful I am here to tell you about it.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from DebbieY in My name is Debbie Young I have small cell lung cancer   
    Debbie I am a survivor.  Before I even got married my husband's father died of lung cancer. So his mother had to come to our wedding alone. 
     My journey started December 3, 1997. I had 2 different chemos and daily radiation.  The tumor  in my right upper lobe shrunk.
      I was able to have surgery and after I had more chemo ( Cisplatin and Etopiside.) . I went to a local support group in St. Paul for lung cancer.
    I met a wonderful women Connie who eventually introduced me to Katie who started this on line support group and murged with Lungevity because it also
    was into educating and research and support for those with lung cancer.
    Then  about 2 years ago my husband was told he had lung cancer.  It started with 2 tiny spots.  They were vicious and spread to his hip,
    lymph nodes, spine the to his cerebral spinal fluid and I lost him.   We had been married 45 years.
    I go to a grief group. 
    I have been through this journey, have friends that have been through this journey, have lost loved ones to this journey .
    Did I mention last year I retired working as an RN.  It seems many times at work I would find out my patient was on the journey or had a relative there.
    I really want an early screening diagnostic tool.   Better targeted treatment and cures.  Best of all a way to prevent this from happening at all.
     
    Wishing great results from your treatment like my good friend Janet that I met with small cell about 15 years ago.  She is still in " remission" 
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from DebbieY in My name is Debbie Young I have small cell lung cancer   
    Hello, glad you found us.  I have several friends that have survived SCLC for many years.  Are you getting chemo? 
    Glad to hear the tumor near your heart has responded so well to the radiation.  That is good news.
    This disease and treatment is quite a challenge emotionally and physically.   Please keep us posted.
    We understand what you are going through.  We have been there.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from kayb in this wasn't supposed to happen...   
    I pray that it is just a scar.  Let us know how the PET Scan goes,
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from rose.vining in Introduction   
    Hi Rose.  Wow you had two surgeries on the same side of your chest. 
    Isn't it something how our bodies can adapt ?  I have a friend who also had lung cancer and had a lobe of lung removed,
    then a few years later a tumor showed up on the other side.  So the took a lobe off that side also.  Bothe were different kinds of NSCLC !
    She is doing well and goes to exercise everyday. Glad you are here to share your survival story and give support to those just starting.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from pixter in Not New to Surviving   
    Hi Pixie.  Glad you found us.  How did the doctor find that tumor?  Were you having symptoms?
    When they remove a lobe on the right chest the other two lobes just expand out and fill the space.
    I had a lobe on the right taken out in 1998 ,  no problems since then as far as breathing goes.
    Keep us posted on how things are going. 
    Waiting to hear.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from CIndy0121 in New Member Introduction   
    Hello Cindy.   I was born and raised in Boston.  My family all live in Massachusetts .  Boy on top of all the snow you had this to deal with too!
    I retired last summer from a career in Nursing.  I was never able to have children so I did all my care giving to my patients
    When you post again I hope you tell us how you are doing, what kind of lung cancer you have  and what treatment you are getting.
    There are a lot of great hospitals , doctors and clinics in your state.
    Keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from CindyA in Friday air - music?   
    Years ago I would have picked a song from the 50's that I danced to American Bandstand with.
    Later it would have been a song from the 60's I danced to as a teenager.
     
    Now that I have been blessed to become an old lady, having survived lung cancer I would pick Amazing Grace
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from KatieB in Wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR !   
    Hope all will have a Happy New Year.  It is 2015.
    Yesterday in 2014 it was minus 7 degrees F at this time. Today it is 15 degrees F ABOVE .
     
    Many of Minnesotans have gone south to Orlando.  They will be at the Citrus Bowl Game.
    All the news broadcasters on the local news are dressed in Maroon and Gold, the Gopher colors.
    I hope my husband and his mom and dad are able to cheer them on from heaven.
    If he were here I know he would be glued to the TV.
     
    I pray that all are feeling well and happy today. Good news would be an added bonus.
    Blessing to all.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from KatieB in euthanasia   
    I do not believe killing people is medical care. Doctors are suppose to take an oath,  " Though shall do not harm "
    I also learned as a small child  -- " Though shall not kill "  In some states here in the USA they have legalized murder, doctors can prescribe meds that will kill you.
     
    On the other hand if chemo or other treatments are not going to make a difference , you are not obliged to take them.
     
    There are many things you can do for people with health problems, pain control, nausea, etc etc
    Do them.  Help them.  The Lord knows when your time is.
     
    Life is Worth Living.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from MaryTD777 in What's Going On With My Sister?   
    A plan is in place.  Great.   I had this plan.   ( VP 16 is Etopiside)    I am about to celebrate 17 years since diagnosis.
    I wish her the same success.  Keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from CindyA in euthanasia   
    I do not believe killing people is medical care. Doctors are suppose to take an oath,  " Though shall do not harm "
    I also learned as a small child  -- " Though shall not kill "  In some states here in the USA they have legalized murder, doctors can prescribe meds that will kill you.
     
    On the other hand if chemo or other treatments are not going to make a difference , you are not obliged to take them.
     
    There are many things you can do for people with health problems, pain control, nausea, etc etc
    Do them.  Help them.  The Lord knows when your time is.
     
    Life is Worth Living.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from wilsonma99 in 9 year scan   
    Congrates to you!  This must be a party day.
     
    Wishing you many more years years of fun and happiness.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from wilsonma99 in My introduction   
    What a blessing that the doctor ordered your chest x ray!
    Glad to hear your treatment has been set up and you are getting started quickly.
    Do you speak German?
    Waiting to hear how you are doing in treatment.   Sounds like a good one and hopefully you will be watching that little baby grow bigger and bigger.
    Keep us posted .
     
    Donna  G
     
     
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from CindyA in Up and running again !   
    This time when I tried I found the new look to Lungevity .It is Oct 9th and the sun is shining here in Minnesota.
     
    I usually always click on new posts since last visit but I could not find that place .  I wonder if it is gone?
     
    I hope it does not take me too long to find my way around.  It looks great though ! 
     
     
     
    Well lets see if I was successful posting this,  Hope you are having a good day.
     
    Donna G
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