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LouT

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  1. Thanks Michelle. I've been reading some of your posts on recovery. I'm not a runner or a rower but I do 4-6 miles 6 days/week and weights 4-5 days/week to try to stay in shape. My years of smoking (I quit over 15 years ago) have stolen some of my capacity (although I have pretty good capacity now) and I'm concerned about how much more I'll lose from a lobectomy, so I'll be watching how you and the others are doing for motivation. I'll also add my progress (when I make some). 😊
  2. Let me start by saying Happy Easter, Happy Passover or just Happy Day to my new friends here. I just want to let you all know how much your posts (here and in other chains) have helped to keep me focused and calmer during this time. I'm now 11 days away from my surgery (wedge and likely lobectomy) and, as you all surely know, it can be a trying time. But all the stories I've seen here have really helped. I have a Pulmonologist appointment tomorrow and pre-op testing next Tuesday. I've written out a number of questions for the appointment and what I've read here has helped me to form many of them. Once I have the surgery I'll get an update to everyone here. LouT
  3. I've recently been told that I need to have an open-thoracic biopsy on my right lung lower lobe and that it is likely Stage 1 lung cancer. This all came about very suddenly and by chance as I have no symptoms, but I assume that is better than if it is malignant and had advanced. I'm likely (90%) looking at a lower right lung lobectomy on May 2nd. I'm learning all that I can, but frankly my anxiety level is very high. I had colorectal cancer in 2010 and after a resection was considered cured. A recent PET Scan only shows this nodule in my lung at an SUV of 2.3 (mild hypermetabolism) but the fact that it has grown from Jan to Mar is the factor where the surgeon is saying that there is only a 10% chance of it being benign. Aside from this I'm generally in good health and although I smoked for 25+ years and quit 16 years ago my recently tested lung function is pretty good (better than it looks on my CT). I'll take some time to look over the forum so I can learn from others, but I look forward to hearing from you and (hopefully) being able to contribute back one day. LouT
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