I wouldn't say I'm feeling any significant side effects yet from my immunotherapy treatment but, if I'm handwriting these columns to begin with - which I am, I have to do so while holding a pen with a rubber grip (just above the ballpoint). No longer am I able to manipulate without this extra assistance. My fingers simply can't sustain the grip otherwise.
James Hiter is the father of two adult children and a foster daughter. He and his wife Emily and their family live in Virginia. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016. James is the founder of Streak for a Cure, an organization with a mission to increase funding for lung cancer research by changing attitudes and beliefs about the disease.
I was diagnosed with stage IV Lung Cancer at the age of 31. I was a completely healthy former collegiate and Olympic level athlete continuing to train heavily when my life flipped upside down. Like most the diagnosis was shocking, but what was more devastating for me was going from taking no medications to taking nine medications up to three times daily. Medications became my life. The side effects made me lose confidence, they limited my social interactions, and, more importantly, they changed my ability to fight and cope with a deadly disease.
Even the strongest of relationships can feel the strain of a cancer diagnosis. However, cancer doesn’t have to be the destroyer of all the love in your partnership. Couples in our community shared with us their insights on managing cancer and maintaining their relationship while facing the disease, and how they emerged stronger than ever before. Here are some tips from Leslie & Andy Trahan; Gary & Amanda Nerstad; and Colleen & Tom Ziegler.
Not that there's anything wrong with me - other than having cancer that is - but I've been going to see doctors other than my oncologist fairly regularly in the last few months: internal medicine, three times; otolaryngologist, two times. The reason/symptoms vary, but in general, nearly 10 years into my "13 month to two-year" prognosis, I am finally erring on the side of taking a precaution and scheduling appointments with doctors as often as I see fit. Apparently, waiting isn't the hardest part after all; it's the dumbest part, if you have cancer.
It’s that exciting time of year that many people are making resolutions related to self-improvement and ways to affect positive, meaningful change in our communities. Why not commit to becoming a lung cancer advocate in 2019?
Today, January 12, 2019 is National Glazed Donut Day and the day after my most recent post-scan appointment with my oncologist, a day when, if I'm lucky - as I have been for the past 10 years, my world will change - for the better (donut consumption notwithstanding). However, the 'world' to which I refer is one fraught with danger and offers no more guarantees than I've been accustomed to.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, but oftentimes they can also be a time of stress as we try to create the perfect celebration. Organizing holiday festivities, bringing together family and friends, decorating, shopping, cooking, hosting—the list goes on! It can all be very demanding, and adding lung cancer to the mix adds even more pressure.
Most people have no idea what a biomarker is. However, biomarkers, and biomarker testing, can be crucial to quality of life and life expectancy for some lung cancer survivors. Biomarker testing is why I can take one pill a day as a treatment for my cancer.