Jun 18, 2008 - 9:41 pm
Hi I wanted to know if anybody out there has had this type of Cancer. I was diagnosed in September and had surgery to remove three quarters of my left lung in November 2007. They went in through my back and had to break several ribs to get the lung out, it's about an 8 inch scar. The operation was a piece of cake but the recovery was very difficult my ribs still hurt I still have numbness in my fingers and left breast. I guess it didn't hit me that I had Cancer until I saw it in Black and White. I figured it was just a large tumor but I didn't need chemo or radiation. Boy was I in for a shock. I just turned 40 and never smoked. I am having a really hard time with dealing with this. I am scared that it is elsewhere in my body or will it come back? My husband does not seem to understand what I am feeling he just tells me to get over it it was taken out and your fine. He seems to be very insensitive to what I am going through and what i have been through. I thought that I would have trouble breathing but because I have had symtoms that were misdiagnosed and my lung was collapsing that I should not feel any different than before my operation. And to tell others that are going in for an operation I actually feel better, I am not sick all the time coughing up blood, pneumonia etc. I have not even had a cold this winter. So if there is anybody out there I could use a friend to chat with, soebody who knows what i am going through. Maybe you know of support groups out there for this type of cancer. I know that I am very lucky that I persisted with the problems I had and got it removed while I am still in Stage 1. It could have been a lot worse. So I thank my lucky stars that I am here but I still can't get over what happened. Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences with me.