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I am 68 year old grandmother and quit smoking 4 years ago. Now I have lung cancer in the lymph nodes and after weeks of poking and prodding we start tomorrow on our 5 week regimen. It will be radiation and chemo every Monday and radiation Tuesday through Friday of the 5 weeks. I am praying that I can be strong enough to beat this but also not embarrass myself to my friends and family.

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I am so sorry you are going through this, but glad that you found us. I think the scariest part of this is the beginning. No one is ever sure what to expect with chemo and radiation. You don't say what kind of lung cancer, or what particular chemo drug you may be having, but many of us have been on a very similar treatment path. Today they have so many medications that help with the side effects. While not a fun thing to go through, most find it doable. The main thing is to take good care of yourself. If there was ever a time to pamper yourself - and let others pamper you - this is it. And drink as much water as you can - very important.

This is a great place to come for support. Everyone here is either a patient or a caregiver, and understands what you are going through. This is also a good place to come just to vent - when you don't want to complain to family or friends. Here you can vent away anytime!

Please come back often and let us know how treatment is going and how you are doing. You can do this!

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Most of us know what you are going through. My treatment started with daily radiation and chemo. Glad you found us. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

Donna G

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Hello nctcancer14,

My name is Cindy, welcome to the Lung Cancer Support Community.

I will send you positive thoughts for today as you begin your treatment plan. Please come back and let us know how you are feeling. There are many friends on this board who have gone through (or still are experiencing) similar & maybe the exact same treatments. We are here to support you. If you are interested in personal one on one support, please don't hesitate to let us know. [email protected]

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I too am so glad you found us here at LCSC. There are so many wonderful members with a wealth of information and support.

I hope you return soon to let us know how you're doing! Hang in there ((hugs))

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some of oldschool caregivers can help with a lot of things also if you need them.. let us know how your doing and what we can do to help in this fight!!!!

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Thank you for all of the warm welcomes. I completed my first chemo and radiation yesterday and managed to complete my day as usual. Had a horrible night of sleep with some flushing on face and upper chest so may be having an allergic reaction. Radiation again today may answer that question. :?:

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  • 4 weeks later...

Back again to share my progress. I have completed 4 out of 5 weeks of treatment and have been amazingly well during this time. I have experienced the stomach issues of diarrhea and constipation on a weekly basis. I also have esophagitis which means everything is now liquid. That started in my 3rd week. No hair loss and some fatigue. I have been to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and apparently during the surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes my left vocal cord was paralyzed and I now have a freaky voice. Celebrating Mother's day with my family on Sunday with Broccoli Cheese soup. Yes bless their hearts they are eating soup with me. They have been so wonderful to me during this process and I am so appreciative to them and all of my friends. One more week which includes one chemo and five radiation treatments. After that I will be resting and preparing for the lobectomy on June 9th. Happy Mother's Day to all.

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I never had to have radiation, but the steroids with my chemo treatments always caused my skin to be flush for several days. I can totally relate to the digestive issues also. Praying for your comfort and strength!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi nannygirls,

It's been a few weeks since you posted- how are you? I've been reading and following your treatment and symptoms and I've been sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Hang in there and post an update when you feel up to it.

We are here and we care,

Hugs,

KatieB

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Thank you for the good thoughts. I know it has been a while since I have updated but had sciatica start in my right leg to the screaming level the first of May and just had an epidural done this morning...sure hope it helps. All treatments are done and I have begun to taste and be able to swallow since last week. Surgery is Monday to remove the top lobe of the right lung and I hope all is well with that. I'm ready to be done....

:lol:

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I hope the shot works quickly. I will be sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers for your surgery and looking for an update from you after.

Many hugs,

KatieB

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I have improved pain level and feel that I can now cruise into the surgery with a better attitude. Thank you for your support. Jun 9th at 5:30 am comes early when you are 2 hours from the hospital so I will stay in a nearby hotel the night before.

:lol:

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