On this day in 2009, I was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. I was told without treatments I had eight months to live. With treatments, I was facing a five year survival rate of 5%. Over the last five years I’ve learned I’m not a statistic, I’m a child of God. I have chosen to focus on the path He has provided for me and to never look back. With great gratitude, I look forward to today, tomorrow, and all of 2015.
December 31, 2014 will mark the fifth year since the day I was first told ,“You have lung cancer.” It was a diagnosis I never expected with a prognosis that was equally shocking. Because there is no early detection test for lung cancer, most cases are not diagnosed until the later stages when it’s harder to treat. Only 17% of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive five years; it’s the deadliest cancer killer. I consider myself blessed to have survived five years. Some days were tough, and some days I wouldn’t trade in a million years. But through it all, I’ve learned that each and every day is a great day to be alive. …
(reposted via the LIVESTRONG Foundation Blog)
In 2014, over 4,500 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer every single day. These numbers are more than stats; they represent mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, loved ones, and friends. People who also feel shocked, confused, and powerless in finding the best care.
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