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    Donna G got a reaction from Roz in Feeling discouraged   
    20 years later , under shirts and tee shirts work for me.  I have never tolerated anything sqeezing me since my Lobectomy.
    I have a couple of ribs that never healed they would look " broken " on x ray.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Sharon L. in Feeling discouraged   
    20 years later , under shirts and tee shirts work for me.  I have never tolerated anything sqeezing me since my Lobectomy.
    I have a couple of ribs that never healed they would look " broken " on x ray.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from eric byrne in Hello   
    Hi Kathleen.   I also belong to the long term survivor club.  
    Welcome !
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Gabriel Fernandez in FROM THE PHILIPPINES - NSCLC 2B starting adjuvant chemo   
    Hello Gabriel.  Glad you found us. 
    I hope you will get a port put in for your Chemo.  I had to have chemo before I could have surgery (and also radiation )  and after I had surgery.
    I took Cisplatin and Etopiside (VP 16).  It was quite an ordeal but am glad I did take it.  I have survived over 20 years now.  Please keep us posted and feel free to ask 
    questions..  
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LaurenH in Hello   
    Hi Kathleen.   I also belong to the long term survivor club.  
    Welcome !
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Mally in Surviving lung cancer   
    I was diagnosed Stage 3B on December 3, 1997.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Kimi in Surviving lung cancer   
    I was diagnosed Stage 3B on December 3, 1997.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Surviving lung cancer   
    I was diagnosed Stage 3B on December 3, 1997.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Judy M. in Hello   
    Hi Kathleen.   I also belong to the long term survivor club.  
    Welcome !
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Lisa66 in husband home with hospice   
    Jennifer I am so sorry for your loss.  I think I know what you are going through. I am a survivor but
    my husband, Jay,  also got lung cancer and it was very aggressive and it spread rapidly and took him in months also.
    I miss him so much .  
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LaurenH in Where to find grace through this   
    Thanks for the update.  I hope that test is negative so you can have your surgery March 8th but if not---------
    I started with chemo and radiation and later was able to have surgery ( and then more chemo) and it worked at least for the past 20 years.
    This diagnosis is hard on the whole family.  Little ones can really see what is going on.  Perhaps you can teach her if she is upset that a thing to do then is pray.
    As for the surgery.  Keep active  now,  before surgery, as go walking even if as it is winter, it is in a mall or store.  Know that you will have to get up and get active after
    surgery or it will slow you down even more or set you up to develop complications. 
    I pray all goes well for you.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Where to find grace through this   
    Being that it was 20 years ago, I had the open Lobectomy.  In order to enter the chest cavity they break
    several ribs to spread them apart.  Of course they have to get your muscles out of the way also. 
    My doctors did a great job removing my tumor was up in the apex ( near my shoulder) and also all the
    right upper lobe.  I had a chest tube after surgery for a while. It took time to get over the surgery. 
    After about 8 weeks they sent me to the YMCA for water exercises to get my back in shape. 
    My rib bones never did heal back together so even today I don't want to wear anything that "sqeezes" my chest.
    All was well worth it however-----------I am still alive and breathing. 
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Ann Cronin in Where to find grace through this   
    Being that it was 20 years ago, I had the open Lobectomy.  In order to enter the chest cavity they break
    several ribs to spread them apart.  Of course they have to get your muscles out of the way also. 
    My doctors did a great job removing my tumor was up in the apex ( near my shoulder) and also all the
    right upper lobe.  I had a chest tube after surgery for a while. It took time to get over the surgery. 
    After about 8 weeks they sent me to the YMCA for water exercises to get my back in shape. 
    My rib bones never did heal back together so even today I don't want to wear anything that "sqeezes" my chest.
    All was well worth it however-----------I am still alive and breathing. 
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from BridgetO in Where to find grace through this   
    Thanks for the update.  I hope that test is negative so you can have your surgery March 8th but if not---------
    I started with chemo and radiation and later was able to have surgery ( and then more chemo) and it worked at least for the past 20 years.
    This diagnosis is hard on the whole family.  Little ones can really see what is going on.  Perhaps you can teach her if she is upset that a thing to do then is pray.
    As for the surgery.  Keep active  now,  before surgery, as go walking even if as it is winter, it is in a mall or store.  Know that you will have to get up and get active after
    surgery or it will slow you down even more or set you up to develop complications. 
    I pray all goes well for you.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Robert Macaulay in Where to find grace through this   
    Thanks for the update.  I hope that test is negative so you can have your surgery March 8th but if not---------
    I started with chemo and radiation and later was able to have surgery ( and then more chemo) and it worked at least for the past 20 years.
    This diagnosis is hard on the whole family.  Little ones can really see what is going on.  Perhaps you can teach her if she is upset that a thing to do then is pray.
    As for the surgery.  Keep active  now,  before surgery, as go walking even if as it is winter, it is in a mall or store.  Know that you will have to get up and get active after
    surgery or it will slow you down even more or set you up to develop complications. 
    I pray all goes well for you.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Ann Cronin in Where to find grace through this   
    Thanks for the update.  I hope that test is negative so you can have your surgery March 8th but if not---------
    I started with chemo and radiation and later was able to have surgery ( and then more chemo) and it worked at least for the past 20 years.
    This diagnosis is hard on the whole family.  Little ones can really see what is going on.  Perhaps you can teach her if she is upset that a thing to do then is pray.
    As for the surgery.  Keep active  now,  before surgery, as go walking even if as it is winter, it is in a mall or store.  Know that you will have to get up and get active after
    surgery or it will slow you down even more or set you up to develop complications. 
    I pray all goes well for you.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Where to find grace through this   
    Thanks for the update.  I hope that test is negative so you can have your surgery March 8th but if not---------
    I started with chemo and radiation and later was able to have surgery ( and then more chemo) and it worked at least for the past 20 years.
    This diagnosis is hard on the whole family.  Little ones can really see what is going on.  Perhaps you can teach her if she is upset that a thing to do then is pray.
    As for the surgery.  Keep active  now,  before surgery, as go walking even if as it is winter, it is in a mall or store.  Know that you will have to get up and get active after
    surgery or it will slow you down even more or set you up to develop complications. 
    I pray all goes well for you.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from CindyV in Stage IV lung cancer weeks to live   
    Jools I am so sorry to here what you and your Mom are going through.  I survived lung cancer but 
    I also have experience with the loss of a loved one - my husband.  He was told in the late winter of 2013 that
    there was 2 small spots on his lung but within months just when they planned to do surgery it had spread every 
    where.  I lost him in July that year.  
    I pray that you will get back to the UK to see and be with your Mom  for at least some time together.
    Let us know how you are coping.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from PaulaC in Lobectomy?? to have not not   
    I had my right upper lobe removed in1998.  I just retired from nursing in 2014.  
    In other words I was able to run up and down halls for 16 plus years ;8 hours a
    day and go home and take care of my dogs and husband .
    It may be different for each of us but as for me I feel it was worth it. 
    I hope your tests go well and pray surgery is an option for you also.
     
    Keep us posted.  Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Robert Macaulay in New Here and Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Wendy,  glad you found us. 
    Hope you also have friends and family that will go with you for your appointments and take notes.
    So glad that your doctor sounds like is working quickly to get a definitive diagnosis and getting that treatment started.
    I started with chemo and daily radiation.  Then I was able to have surgery followed by more chemo.  I am one of those
    long term survivors.   My journey started 12/3/97 !   Please keep us posted on how you are doing and feel free to ask
    questions,    Best Wishes ,     Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in New Here and Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Wendy,  glad you found us. 
    Hope you also have friends and family that will go with you for your appointments and take notes.
    So glad that your doctor sounds like is working quickly to get a definitive diagnosis and getting that treatment started.
    I started with chemo and daily radiation.  Then I was able to have surgery followed by more chemo.  I am one of those
    long term survivors.   My journey started 12/3/97 !   Please keep us posted on how you are doing and feel free to ask
    questions,    Best Wishes ,     Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Christine79 in Young(ish) Mom Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Brandi, glad you found us.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer Stage 3B  .   I remember how devastated I was. 
    I really thought I had gotten a fatal diagnosis.  I was 50 years old so not so young as you.  You can read my story in more detail
    if you want.  ( see below that it is posted in My Story )  I had quite a bit of treatment that lasted about 6 months, it was tough but    ----------------
    last summer I had my 70th Birthday .  I have survived over 20 years !  It is possible. 
    Please keep us posted and feel free to ask questions.  During treatment and Doctor visits it is really important to have a friend or family
    member with you and take notes !    Praying for you treatment to get started and that you also respond well to it.
    Donna G
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Ann Cronin in Young(ish) Mom Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Brandi, glad you found us.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer Stage 3B  .   I remember how devastated I was. 
    I really thought I had gotten a fatal diagnosis.  I was 50 years old so not so young as you.  You can read my story in more detail
    if you want.  ( see below that it is posted in My Story )  I had quite a bit of treatment that lasted about 6 months, it was tough but    ----------------
    last summer I had my 70th Birthday .  I have survived over 20 years !  It is possible. 
    Please keep us posted and feel free to ask questions.  During treatment and Doctor visits it is really important to have a friend or family
    member with you and take notes !    Praying for you treatment to get started and that you also respond well to it.
    Donna G
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Brandi in Young(ish) Mom Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Brandi, glad you found us.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer Stage 3B  .   I remember how devastated I was. 
    I really thought I had gotten a fatal diagnosis.  I was 50 years old so not so young as you.  You can read my story in more detail
    if you want.  ( see below that it is posted in My Story )  I had quite a bit of treatment that lasted about 6 months, it was tough but    ----------------
    last summer I had my 70th Birthday .  I have survived over 20 years !  It is possible. 
    Please keep us posted and feel free to ask questions.  During treatment and Doctor visits it is really important to have a friend or family
    member with you and take notes !    Praying for you treatment to get started and that you also respond well to it.
    Donna G
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Robert Macaulay in Young(ish) Mom Newly Diagnosed   
    Hi Brandi, glad you found us.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer Stage 3B  .   I remember how devastated I was. 
    I really thought I had gotten a fatal diagnosis.  I was 50 years old so not so young as you.  You can read my story in more detail
    if you want.  ( see below that it is posted in My Story )  I had quite a bit of treatment that lasted about 6 months, it was tough but    ----------------
    last summer I had my 70th Birthday .  I have survived over 20 years !  It is possible. 
    Please keep us posted and feel free to ask questions.  During treatment and Doctor visits it is really important to have a friend or family
    member with you and take notes !    Praying for you treatment to get started and that you also respond well to it.
    Donna G
     
     
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