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  1. Hello everyone, My trip to Dana-Farber went well. The Doctors there pretty much concured with the Dr's in Bangor's dx. The only question is the possibility of surgery down the road....and we'll address that when the time comes. I had my first radiation treatment today....one down, 34 to go.....we meet with the oncologist Friday to set up the chemo schedule. I send my best to all of you. Rod
  2. My sympathies to you and your family. God bless you all.
  3. It is so hard to hear news like this.....I am so sorry to hear it. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family are constant. Bless you all.
  4. Surgery has been mentioned even though treatment has not even started yet. I'm sure that subject will be discussed seriously soon. Staying positive, Rod
  5. I got more good news today from my Oncologists office. The PET scan shows no spread of the disease from where they believed it was. No other organs are affected at all......This is the first time since this all began that I actually sat and just cried.....the relief is overwhelming but I still know that the hard work is coming. Thank you and God bless all of you. Rod
  6. So far so good.....The MRI results are in and YES I really do have a brain and NO it does not have any trace of cancer.........Yeee Hawww
  7. Hi Twinmom, Welcome.....and you couldn't have found a better place for love and support from folks who can understand what you (and we) are all going through. I've only been here for a short time myself and feel the strength from everyone each time I log on. Keep the faith, smile a lot and stay positive....it will definately help. Rod
  8. After speaking with the radiologist yesterday, I left his office feeling quite good. My NSCLC is at stage IIIa but I'm in remarkably good health over all. My total lung capacity is amost 90% which includes the total collapse of the upper left lobe. He says my prognosis (pending the PET and MRI tests) is really good since I've come into this without any other physical problems. As we all know, this is going to be a long hard journey even with the "good" news....treatment will be starting within the next couple of weeks...and I'm as ready as I think I can be. Keeping all my thoughts positive. Rod
  9. Good morning everyone, What a busy day it was for me yesterday. The appointment with the radiologist went very well....my first appointment for radiation preparation (sim ?)will be June 12... and I'll find out when my 7 weeks will begin then. No results from the PET scan or MRI yet (man, is that noisy ). I'll know the results of that for sure by Tuesday when I see the radiologist. Thanks for all the support everyone.....I will start my "time line" very soon. (I finally figured out how). Rod
  10. Hi everyone and thank you all so much for the encouragement and kind words and for welcoming Aubree as kindly as you all have welcomed me. We are still getting info from various places and scheduling for tests and appointments is moving along at a pretty fast pace. This Thursday I have 3 appointments (they were able to schedule every thing the same day for me so I'd only lose one day of work this week). I meet with the radiologist in the morning, my first PET scan around 11:30 and a brain MRI later in the afternoon. I also have a "second opinion" appointment for June 18th at Dana Farber in Boston. I think we're just beginning the roller coaster ride for the whole family. I'm thankful that I've got such a good one...I love them all so much.
  11. I can't thank you all enough for the stories and support....I'm still at the "don't know much" stage but am learning and planning every day. My wife is a God send.....If I make it through this (and I'm sure that I will) she'll probably kill me. I have told one of my kids so far today....He took it well and is waiting for us to tell the other two. One of them is home for the weekend so that will happen this evening.....the last one will have to be over the phone....I want to talk to my son-in-law first so that he's sure to be with my daughter when I tell her. I just want to be there to hug her but I can't....Man....does this stink. Rod
  12. I changed my profile id to to my name....Rod. Thanks to all of you for the kind words and the encouragement...... Today may be the hardest day so far.....I begin telling my children. Thankfully they are all adults so it might not be as hard to do as I fear...we'll see. Rod
  13. Hi to all. I have been diagnosed with Lung cancer recently. I was a 2 pack a day smoker for 35 years. I quit on May 4th of this year, (29 days so far) and went for a check up 4 days later and asked for an x-ray fully expecting it to come back as negative.......NOT. Since then, I've had a CT scan which showed a collapsed left upper lobe with one tumor (not sure of size) and a few lymph nodes also infected. My first consult with my oncologist was not a total loss (think positive I say). Next step is a PET scan and an MRI.....a second opinion at Dana Farber and then many weeks of hard work. I'm encouraged, discouraged, happy, sad, brave and scared to death all at the same time. I'm 54 now and fully expect to celebrate my 80th birthday with my wife, kids and grand kids in 26 years. I was too stubborn to quit smoking for years.....I'll be even more stubborn to give up living now that I have made the right choice. Sorry for all the rambling....trying to find my way right now.
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