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  1. Another runner! I think it is great that there are more and more survivor's who run. I find it helps me with lung function and the mental side of life. I was not a runner before my diagnosis. After surgery, I started walking and gradually built up to start running 6 months later. Been running ever since. I sometimes wonder what kind of runner I would have been had I run earlier in life. But things happen for a reason and I am grateful I can run and enjoy it now. I would imagine it would be somewhat frustrating to have to compare your current running with your running prior to your diag
  2. Following is an article written about my continued running since diagnosed with lung cancer 12 and half years ago. I hope it provides a little hope and encouragement to others. Lung Cancer Survivor Completes Ultra-Marathon It took 9 hours, 36 minutes and 19 seconds for Raleigh native Jerry Walton to traverse sand, water crossings and a daring climb up and down a canyon to complete the 55K (34.2 mile) 2018 Canyon de Chelly Ultra-Marathon in Chinle, Arizona. While this annual ultra-marathon is a once in a lifetime experience for those who are able to complete it, Jerry was more than
  3. I've had a "Bandy" for 7 years now. It is not the original one I received as I am known to give them away to others when the need arises. I've had conversations with survivors and care givers looking for support/encouragement and I have given them the band off my wrist. I tell them that this organization is an excellent resource for them and can tell they appreciate the gesture. I recently gave away my last "Bandy" and felt so lost without one - it has become a part of me that reminds me of my journey and the support I received from Katie and others here. Fortunately I just received a new
  4. Hello Truke, I read your post and saw a little of myself in your words. I like your attitude! Sorry you have to go through all this - waiting for biopsy and results is certainly a stressful time. Thoughts and prayers going out to you. Please keep in touch during your journey - this groups was a tremendous help as I started mine.
  5. never2late

    7 Years!

    It just occurred to me that I have not visited the board in quite sometime - almost a year! What prompted me to remember is that on 3/1/13 I celebrated 7 years as a lung cancer survivor. At times it seems as if it was just yesterday that I heard those words from my doctor - you have lung cancer - and now it's been 7 years. I was truly fortunate that my cancer was found when it was and my recovery has been as successful as it has been. I'm still running - completed a half marathon (13.1 miles) in the Mohave desert last October and have now run close to 7,000 miles since my surgery. I do be
  6. Following is a story I posted recently in another on-line forum: 5 YEAR/5000 MILE EXTENDED RUNNING LIFE Big moments in my life and I had to share …… On March 1, 2011, I will become a 5 year lung cancer survivor. Sometime in April, 2011, I will run my 5,000th mile……… On February 7, 2006, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. On March 1, 2006, I had surgery to remove the upper lobe of my left lung. My oncologist talked about a study being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of post operative chemotherapy for early stage lung cancers (mine was eventually classified as Stage 1b).
  7. Three years and 9 months since removal of my ULL for stage 1b lung cancer. Last CT scan was 12/03/09 and still NED!! And yes, I did get nervous as the time for the scan drew closer (but notably less than in the past I still lurk here every now and then and occasionally post but life has gotten busy again (that is a good thing!). If any of you remember, I started running after I had cancer - and I am still running today! (http://www.lungevity.org/l_community/viewtopic.php?t=33970) I find myself being more of an advocate for lung cancer research now than in the past. When I run in var
  8. Hey Don, Thanks for response. By the way, did you ever start playing the harmonica again?
  9. Thanks, everyone, for the "welcome back" and I hope all is well with you. Life continues to go on and I think now I will "cruise" some of the other threads here - it has been awhile.....
  10. Wow - I just noticed that the last time I signed in was in February of this year! Sorry to have been away so long, even though I usually only tend to read and not post. Good news is I have no bad news to report! March 1, 2008 marked my 2 year anniversary since I underwent surgery. My last scan (12/07) was NED and my next one is not scheduled until 12/08. For those who remember, I posted my story "The Race" in the My Story section back in November of 2007 and I am happy to report that I am still running and doing well, everything considered. I've done several shorter races and recently co
  11. Not a toy, but the present I remember the most - We lived on a mountain in Virginia (and, yes, my last name is Walton ) when I was 12. I snuck around and "peeked" at all the presents that were wrapped for me so that when I opened presents on Christmas day I found nothing new. I was greatly disappointed until my dad brought out a present he had hidden. It was a .22 rifle that I had no idea he had gotten. I still have it today, 42 years later.
  12. I wrap my presents when I buy them.....but I don't buy them until just before Christmas
  13. Hi Bruce, I had a situation very similar to yours except my tumor was approximately 6 x 6.5 cm, much larger than yours. I opted for the adjuvant chemo and don't regret it one bit. It has now been 20 months since my surgery and all scans/x-rays have shown no evidence of disease. Chemo was no walk in the park but I had few side effects (meds controlled most very well) other than hair loss and fatigue. Best wishes on your fight with this disease, no matter what course you choose. Jerry
  14. Cleaver (the Beaver's mom-for those of us old enough to remember Leave it to Beaver) Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
  15. Jussi, Your positive attitude will take you far on this journey. Please keep us informed on how things are going with you.
  16. How can you not smile and laugh after looking at this? Thanks for posting it.
  17. White meat, dark meat, gravy, stuffing.....oh, I like it all!! And bring on the cherry pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.....
  18. never2late

    Off topic

    I so agree with you - quitting smoking was very hard for me, too! Congratulations on the beginning of a heathier life!
  19. My name is Jerry. I am a 54 year old cancer survivor. As promised in my post on the "Introduce Yourself" forum, this is my report on a half marathon I recently ran. Originally I thought this would be a description of the race itself but during the race I realized the true story here is the journey up to the race. So, here we go: After surgery and several chemo treatments, I took a look at myself and saw a 53 year old male who had COPD, one and half lungs, a "weak" heart, was overweight, physically unable to walk any great distance without breathing difficulties and scared of what my future lo
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