sistersue2 Posted May 10, 2009 Share Posted May 10, 2009 I am glad to find this site, all the posts are very helpful. I am a non-smoking woman, age 55. I was diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC adenocarcinoma on March 12, 2009. It started in my right lung and has spread to the lymph nodes in my chest, stomach and neck. The symptoms began with shortness of breath, but I thought I was just having problems with acid reflux. I couldn't sleep on my side or flat on my back any longer, only propped up on pillows. I saw my primary care doctor for the SOB, she had a chest xray done. After that I had a CT scan and 2 bronchoscopies (the lab messed up the results of the 1st one--not fun. My CT scan did show a hiatal hernia, so I had that going on at the same time, it may have distracted me somewhat from the symptoms of LC. I started a regimen of carboplatin/alimta plus avistin on March 20, I have just completed my third round. I just had a chest xray on April 28, there is a huge improvement on the way the lymph nodes look and the disease in the lower lobe. My breathing is better, I can sleep on my side now and do a nice walk without feeling SOB. I have never smoked or been around smokers much. This diagnosis was a complete shock. But I am thankful for my good health, it seems it is good to go into this healthy as possible. I am trying to be hopeful. Some days are better than others. I am still working, everyone at my office is very helpful and tries to be aware of things that may cause problems for me. I have very good insurance and hope to keep that going by staying on the job as long as possible, previously I had not planned to retire until 65. A lot of you have mentioned keeping a good attitude and not being so fearful. I hope I get to that point soon but I am struggling. All the best to all of you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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