lorbethm Posted November 17, 2007 Share Posted November 17, 2007 Hi, everyone. I'm a newbie to this board, but not to the world of Internet communities. Thanks to Ken for introducing me to this board. I am a 37 year old non-smoker who has been rudely introduced to the world of lung cancer with the diagnosis of neuroendocrine carcinoma in October. I had a lung resection on October 11th where my lower right lobe was removed along with a tumor that had two lobes. I also had 11 lympnodes removed at the same time. All the lymphnodes came back clear, as did the margins. My pathology report states, though, that lymphvascular invasion was identified, so I'm assuming that I will start learning about the wonderful world of chemo beginning next week. I am a patient at MD Anderson, and I thank God for the doctors there every day. I am stage IB. My cancer was found by "accident" (I say by God-cident) when my appendix ruptured in August. They were doing CT scans at our local hospital trying to figure out what was wrong with me when they found the two masses in my lungs. After I recuperated from that surgery and a 13 day hospital stay, I went down to Scott & White for a bronchoscopy and biopsy. They initially diagnosed me with SCLC but then two days later decided it was a hamartoma. I then made the smart decision to head on down to MD Anderson for a 2nd opinion. It was after my lung resection that the final diagnosis was made. In my "normal" life, I work as an instructional technologist for a community college, and also teach part-time for that college. I am the mom to two wonderful kids, Alex who is 8 and in the 3rd grade, and Aleice who is 4 and in preschool. I've been married for 14 years to the same incredible man who has been by my side through the past four months supporting me and encouraging me. We are active members of the church of Christ in our hometown and are trying to stay active even through the recuperation after two major surgeries. I am hoping that I can start back to work on December 3rd after not working since August 1st. My employer has been incredibly supportive through this whole process and have even provided monetary support through donations. I am still trying to learn about my particular kind of cancer. It doesn't seem to have a lot of information "out there" but it appears mine is a slow growing cancer as there were no changes in the size of the tumors from August to October. If anyone has any further information about this cancer, I'd love to read it. Thank you in advance for the encouragement I will receive. I never thought I would walk this cancer path and it's been very scary, but I see God put people in my path constantly who can encourage me. Hugs and thanks. Lorie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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