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  1. My name is Sarah. I was first dx with Stage 1b nsclc in 2008. I had an upper left lobectomy on April 8th 2008. No chemo. I have been clean for the last 8 years, then this year it came back. My PCP ordered a blood test that my oncologist didn't order. I had stopped going to my regular oncologist by this time and just having my PCP run the needed tests. Well, the CEA levels were a little high, so he said lets repeat again in 4 months. Higher again, CT scan next, small spot on right lung. PET scan came back positive. Small tumor located near right pulmonary artery. Had to find a new oncologist, since the one I had been seeing for over 25 years was finally retiring (had gall bladder cancer in 1992). Met with new oncologist at he U of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Tumor's small, lets just wait and watch it. Come back in August. Still had to go to the tumor board. Call the next day, board disagrees, more tests and have to meet with a surgeon. They can't biopsy the tumor because it is so close to the artery. So, I went from relief to dread in less than 24 hours. I am an emotional wreck. For whatever reason, it is so much harder this time. I'm scared. Everyone keeps telling me how strong I am, when all I want to do is sit down and cry. I know that you will understand. Thanks for letting me vent.
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