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just found out

by misstynnetta on Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:45 AM

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I just learned a week ago that I have lung cancer,I will be haveing surgey the frist of the year.Very scard it seems ev everything is happening all at once,have'nt asked a lot question yet.Not knowing how life will be living with one lung,yes there takeing my whole left lung. soooo scared.

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by ChasTn on Mon Dec 24, 2012 02:14 AM

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On Dec 24, 2012 12:45 AM misstynnetta wrote:

I just learned a week ago that I have lung cancer,I will be haveing surgey the frist of the year.Very "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://year.Very " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">year.Very scard it seems ev everything is happening all at once,have'nt asked a lot question yet.Not knowing how life will be living with one lung,yes there takeing my whole left lung. soooo scared.

Hi misstynetta,

I have half of my left lung and a resection done on my right lung.  I smoked for many years and I have COPD.  I feel good and you will probably much better than you think.

Chas

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by misstynnetta on Mon Dec 24, 2012 06:22 PM

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Thank,so much for your reply.Have there been a major change in your life since then?were you able to go back to work?IF you don't mind what was your age

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by ChasTn on Mon Dec 24, 2012 07:51 PM

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On Dec 24, 2012 6:22 PM misstynnetta wrote:

Thank,so much for your reply.Have "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://reply.Have " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">reply.Have there been a major change in your life since then?were you able to go back to work?IF you don't mind what was your age

misstynnetta,

I am 70 years old.  I do all the things i did before I had the cancers.  I worked untill August of this year.  I really can not tell a big difference in the way I feel.  While in the hospital after the surgery I did not feel great, but not really that bad. They have pain medications to help you through that part.  As far as breathing goes, as long as I don't walk up hill for a long period of time I can't tell much difference.  You will do just fine! 

Chas

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by mamacandi on Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:22 AM

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Hi  just wanted to tell you I am so sorry to hear your news.  I had part of my right lung removed,Oct 18 2012,they could not take the entire lung due to other health issues.  I was scared beyound scared everyone said I would be ok, and I am.  But still scared cancer is scary and more so when you are told you have it. 

I came here and a wonderful woman shared with me her journey and helpped more then she will ever know.My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Try to enjoy the holidays

Take some long deep breaths maybe have the doctor give you something to relax when your brain gets so overloaded as it will.

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by misstynnetta on Tue Dec 25, 2012 03:44 AM

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Thank u so much,i have so many questions,but will wait untill after the holiday's.MERRY CHRISTMAS to u.

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by Reynetta on Thu Dec 27, 2012 08:39 PM

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I will be keeping you in my prayers for a full recovery!  God bless you.

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by misstynnetta on Fri Dec 28, 2012 02:36 PM

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Thank u very much.

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by thebyrdsfriend on Fri Dec 28, 2012 06:05 PM

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I know it is so very terribly hard to go on with your every day life after being diagnosed with lung cancer.  I am so sorry you have to travel this road.  I was so scared, so very terrified at what I didn't know.  The un-known is what drives us crazy.  So, I talked with my doctor and she prescribed xanax for me.  I couldn't help but think of it all the time, and I wasn't getting any good sleep, or just resting my mind.  Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug that can be used as needed, you don't have to take it unless you feel the need.  It helped me so very, very much.  Stress is bad on cancer, so anything that helps rid us of that stress is a good thing.

Do you know what questions to ask yet?  I kept a paper and pencil near by to write down whatever questions popped into my mind at the time.  Then I took my list to the doctors.  I found a lot of times, I had questions that when answered, I really was able to calm down and realize they were there for me fighting as hard as I was fighting.  

So, I was a stage 3A, had an upper right lobectomy, did chemo but no radiation.  I am surprised to this day that my oxygen saturation is 99-100%  !!!!!!   For me, the thing that hurt me the most was where the drain tube was.  That spot still hurts to this day sometimes.  If you click on my name, it will take you to my page, and you can read my story.  It took me months to get my diagnosis.  Unfortunately lung cancer has no symptoms so it is usually found at a later stage, unless it's found while doctors are searching for something else.

Another thing I want to tell you is that the statistics you are reading were compiled from data taken from the past 10-15 years.  You wouldn't believe the new drugs, and treatments that have come out just since my diagnosis in 2010.  We are the new statistics!!  And, I have been cancer free since July 12, 2010, when my upper lung was removed.  That is one heck of a good result.  I am NED or No Evidence of Desease.  

I don't know if any of this helps you.  But I do want to encourage you to ask your doctor about some sort of anti-anxiety.  It helps us so much under these conditions.  I also want you to keep positive, believe in possitive results, and keep on keepin' on.  If I can help you in any way, let me know.  

Once you have a plan of action, it will be so much easier on you.  For me, knowledge was power.  Believe it or not, I kept my sense of humor, and my husband and I believe that helped us a whole lot.  lol  Anything that distracts us from ourselves is welcome as far as I'm concerned.  Heck, I used to just sit in front of the computer on UTube watching funny videos just so I could laugh.  Laughter is healing, and I sure enjoyed my days that I did that.  

Best wishes to you and yours, and I'll keep you in my prayers, Missy

Byrd

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