Tag Archives: long-term survival

Life beyond lung cancer

A strange thing has happened in the past couple of months: I’ve become intensely involved in finishing my final qualifying exam and my dissertation proposal, which have nothing whatsoever to do with lung cancer. I’ve been working with a coach … Continue reading

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“So, you’re cured? Or in remission?”

I recently attended an event where I saw a number of people I hadn’t seen in several years. Many hadn’t known I had cancer. When I tried to explain, my story didn’t always seem to compute. “So you’re all better … Continue reading

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Beautiful piece from The New York Times: “How long have I got left?”

I was going to finish writing something new this morning, but nothing I could write today could possibly be as beautiful or thoughtful as Paul Kalinithi’s piece in tomorrow’s New York Times. Kalinithi is a chief resident in neurosurgery at … Continue reading

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Celebrating a birthday and a great quality of life with Stage IV lung cancer

On my 43rd birthday I was getting a brain MRI and imagining I would be dead in 8 months. Today, I am 44. The first time I met with my oncologist, he explained that with the right treatment, even people … Continue reading

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Even with stage IV lung cancer, long-term survival is possible

When they diagnose you with advanced lung cancer, of course the first terms you type into your search engine are things like “stage IV lung cancer survival” or “stage IV lung cancer life expectancy.” Your nurses and doctors tell you … Continue reading

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