Still here!

It’s been almost two years since I’ve added anything on this blog, and occasionally a guest posts a comment asking if I am still here. I am! I’ve been thriving with lung cancer for more than four years now.

Crizotinib (brand name Xalkori) continues to work its wonders. I’ve had one tiny spot of growth while on this medication, and my surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering removed it last spring. The surgery was a bit of a beast: everything seemed to go as planned, but then I had complications with my recovery. Now, though, I feel fine and have had another long series of clean CT scans. I’m able to live a nearly normal life.

During my long hiatus from blogging, I’ve also been through a divorce. The everyday shape of my life is much different now than when I was diagnosed. Half the time I have my energetic daughter with me, and she’s growing up fast. Half the time she is with her other parent. I’ve continued to work on my dissertation and am looking forward to getting finished soon. One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet lately in the lung cancer community is that I realized I might actually stay healthy long enough to finish the dissertation, get my degree, and find interesting work! Those milestones feel much closer and more possible than ever.

I’m so pleased that folks continue to find this blog helpful, even when I am not actively updating it. I will try to update a little more frequently.

Also, I continue to be horrified at how anomalous my situation is. Friends, acquaintances, readers, and readers’ loved ones have been diagnosed with lung cancer and died in the four years and four months since my own diagnosis. We need to change this.

About Irene Elizabeth (Beth!) Stroud

Queer suburban mom, graduate student, lung cancer survivor, card-carrying United Methodist.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Still here!

  1. You started your blog shortly after I started chemo and then Tarceva. You have shared any number of important and fun thoughts that I’ve greatly appreciated. So glad that you are doing well. But your writings HAVE been missed

  2. Gail says:

    Your comment about surgery while on Xalkori could be useful to many of us in the future. It’s interesting to me that your doc didn’t declare the drug as having failed you. My onc has little experience with Xalkori (I also have second opinion doc at Mayo.), so this was great to learn.
    Thanks, and much success with all of your goals.

  3. Beth, It’s so good to hear from you and I’m happy to hear you are thriving and accomplishing things you want to do! More and more people we know are being diagnosed with cancer and there’s a lot to know, much of which medical doctors do not tell you. Very important: do not eat sugar as sugar feeds cancer. And stay oxygenated (exercise, breathing) because cancer doesn’t like oxygen. I’ve read a lot while living with cancer since 2013 and I’m still here too!

  4. Kel says:

    Pleased to hear you are doing so well

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s