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Michele Raasch

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I was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer last month. It is stage 1 and not anywhere else in my body or brain. Is there any survivors of Small Cell on here? Doctor says its 80% curable and assured me I will live a long life. I'm already on my second round of chemo and started radiation yesterday. I am terrified, I will be only 48 on Halloween. Anyone please reassure me and tell me your survival stories from Smalm Cell Lung Cancer!!! Thank you all and God Bless!


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Hi Michele,

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but so happy you found this group.  LUNGevity has a lot of resources to help from in person events to peer-to-peer mentors.  Feel free to post as many questions as you have, everyone here is so supportive!

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Hi @Michele Raasch.  I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  I’m 43 and was diagnosed last February.  I was also terrified.  I had stage 1 non small cell Adenocarcinoma. Surgery is the only treatment I’ve had.  Stage 1 is very early and very treatable.   Hang in there.  

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It is true that Small Cell Lung Cancer is more aggressive than none small cell.  I’ll also agree that the knowledge that there is a 20% chance you won’t be alive in five years is terrifying.  I was given an 85-90% chance of being alive in five years.  That means there is a 10-15% chance I won’t be.  Confronting any possibility of death is terrifying.  The fact that is was caught at Stage 1 for you is a reason to be optimistic.  You are also young which works in your favor.  Try to focus  on the 80% chance of survival.  The odds are in your favor.  There is an areas of this forum specific to small cell lung cancer.  You can find it here  https://forums.lungevity.org/forum/5-sclc-group/.  There may be some additional information you can find there.  

I’m reading a book right now called Anti Cancer Living by Lorenzo Cohen.  I’m only a few chapters in but have already found some ways that I can increase my quality of life generally and increase my chances of being in the 85-90% of those that survive.  

Hang in there.  It’s a tough emotional road but this is something that can be overcome.


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