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  1. Hi everyone! I’m Melissa and I live in Baltimore. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma in July of this year after having a nagging cough that would not go away. I have been on Tagrisso and as of October my scans showed the tumors have shrunken by 50%. I am so thankful to be living in an age where Tagrisso is even an option! I have an amazing support system of husband, family, friends and colleagues who have gone above and beyond with help and this has gotten me through 2020. I had lost my job due to COVID about 5 days before my diagnosis so it was a real double punch for life changes. I was so uncertain of what to do next and what I should be doing with myself. My husband and I were ready to find our dream home and I really loved my job. All at once, it felt like our future was ripped away from us. I did make the decision to keep working and was SO fortunate to find employment at a wonderful organization. This has also allowed us to begin the search for a home again. I’m terrified of making such a huge commitment since I don’t know what my next scan holds but I try to read the stories of other survivors and believe that I have many years left. I decided to reach out to the support group because up to now, i haven’t talked to anyone else with my diagnosis and I want to hear stories from people who share my experience. I also feel the need to give my. Are takers a break from my every worry that I have about my health because I know they worry so much too. Thanks for reading my story!!
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