dadstimeon Posted April 15, 2009 Share Posted April 15, 2009 Living with Lung Cancer does not mean one’s life stops and everyone else’s around them does also. It means a start of a new journey, a new normal and yes has forever changed and will never be the same. One can still do things, enjoy things and still have a life. How many members here who where given a poor prognosis yet lived many (with treatments) many many years later-- still able to do things and enjoy life to the fullest. How many members here have been cured of lung cancer and jump back into society with both feet? So the answer lies in each and every one of us as to how we view things, how we do things, how we choose to survive and live life. They have come a long way with (new ones since I was first diagnosed) treatments and side effects are much more manageable. Organizations (there are others) like the LUNGevity (which fund the most promising, innovative, and impactful medical research into diagnosis, treatment, and cure of lung cancer and Provide emotional support for lung cancer survivors and their loved ones by creating community) Foundation are in the fore front. Yes there is HOPE and yes things are happening to benefit those who have been diagnosed with Lung Cancer. But we have a long way to go and can get there faster with the Lung Cancer Community as a whole stepping up to the plate no matter how big or how small to lead the way. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! There is no magic bullet, right or wrong way, its Lung Cancer 101-- you learn as you go along. Everyone is different, reacts differently and views things differently. Just because we are diagnosed with a serious disease does not mean we have to go into funeral mode or read statics and feel that there is no hope. There is always hope as long as there is life and great communities like LCSC providing priceless support, sharing and caring. So what does living with lung (and please don’t get me wrong it is not all fun and games) cancer mean to you? To me it means life is whatever I make it out to be. I still for the most part am (by no means the same way or as much / have slowed down, very limited/ not LC related) able to do/see things and accomplish things. I still have my hopes/dreams that I try to for fill. I’m closer now to my wife, daughter, best friend and family/friends then I ever was. I appreciate them more and life more. Lung Cancer did not take that away from me but it could have if I chosen to do nothing about it. No one knows what the future lays and what is in store for us. So why not take the bull by the horns and go for the ride of our life and at the end of our journey we can look back and say (all the doctors appointments, hospital visits, test, procedures, treatments, side effects, sleepless nights and on and on) that it was worth it because it bought me so much valuable time to be with our families/friends and still have a meaningful life with them. I do hope this gives others hope/food for thought and I hope to hear from (person with cancer, caregiver, family, and friends, whoever) others there (positive) thoughts and feelings. I believe what gives people hope/inspiration are the members here whose experiences, stories and journey’s have gone against all statistics/odds and proven everyone wrong. Take Care Everyone, Rich Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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