Thank you for sharing your story Karla, "Walking Away from a Burning Car". At 59 years now, I too was diagnosed with NSCLC at 45 years of age! They found it by accident (many of my lung cancer survivor "sorority" sisters in the Boston area stumbled on their diagnosis too)! I too have always been athletic, eating organic, healthy lifestyle, never-smoker or ever w/a smoker, no family history of lung cancer etc., etc. But for the stress: at the same time my PCP and I "stumbled" into the discovery, I was "over" working, taking care of my 8 year old, taking care of my elderly parents (one with CML leukemia), ending my marriage and swirling into financial distress. I was also peri-menopausal at the time and have often wondered if in addition to the stress and toxins in much of our environment, if those factors when combined with a female's hormonal "change" in life - set up the perfect storm and turned on the lung cancer/genes to mutate..!?? CT's should be mandated after a certain age for women!!!!
Shortly after my diagnosis and surgery in 2006 I became part of a national lung cancer study and meet annually with my research doc.
Your story is stunning to me Karla for all of the obvious reasons. More women need to know that lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian and cervical COMBINED!
AND, that something else is in play (environment + genetics?) that would cause otherwise healthy women like us to get this - the biggest cancer killer! My best to you as you move forward in life. I said in 2006 and thereafter at many cancer benefits: "why give hardships the opportunity to amputate the splendid appreciation that they themselves can provide", and that, "gratefulness is a component of greatness". I am grateful every day! Blessings and gratitudes to you Karla! Judy
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