texasone Posted January 28, 2009 Share Posted January 28, 2009 Hi, I was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma last June (2008). Surgeon removed the lower lobe of my right lung, and I did four infusions of chemo from August through October. They gave me taxol and carboplatin. I was fortunate to be staged 2A. What brought me to diagnosis was caughing up a small bit of bloody tissue following by brief mild bleeding late last May. Long history of heavy cigaret smoking. I'd been experiencing worsening shortness of breath that spring, and had increasing chest tightness and discomfort for about 3 years prior. I had been planning on seeing a pulmonologist for the first time right before all this happened. When I look back now, I wonder if I should have seen a pulmonologist sooner. No evidence of further cancer in any of my prechemo scans, clear chest CT in November. I turned 55 that month, and had my first year, again, off cigarets. I was able to return to my teaching job Dec. 1, but have had to take days off here and there to rest more. Still have much pain due to peripheral neuroropathy, and some shortness of breath, but otherwise doing well. I've been pretty positive through all this, and I think my most difficult time has been resuming "normal" life. I was, am, very fortunate to have a job, good health insurance, and a disability policy to help cover expenses while I was off work 4 months. My surgery went well though was horribly painful at first, chemo went well except for the anemia at the end. My prognosis is better than I expected when I first learned i had lung cancer. Still, I spent 6 months last year devoted to treatment, and trying to get back on track is overwhelming sometimes! I'm not very happy in my job as a teacher, and I wonder if it's even good for me. I just got sick with a horrible cold that's put me in bed for 4 days. I hope my immunity will improve with time....but am seriously considering a career change. Lot to consider.... I keep forgetting to vist the chat on Tuesdays, but will try to show up. I think it would be great to get to know others who are dealing with this disease. Thanks for reading! Trayce UPdate: thoracic ct 4-09, clear insurance denied the pet scan my doc wanted me to have : ( Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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