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laurieg
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I have never done this before. 44 year old female, so very much in love with life. Injured my ribs a couple of weeks ago. While getting an x-ray, they fould a very small spot on my upper right lobe. Last Friday they went in biopsy completed and it was cancer so they removed my lobe. They said I caught it so early in stage 1 that I will be fine. But I have never been so scared in my life. I have 4 beautiful children and want to be strong for them. Is everyone scared at first?

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nubis
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Yes, it is scary to hear CANCER. But you are a lucky person . Because they found a small spot . My husband has a big tumor 10cm by 11 cm and the cancer spread to the liver but even with this bad news we have hope and my husband is fighting against this disease. Even they removed your lobe you need to be on checking test. Eat a lot of anti-oxidants foods and drink more water. And be very positive. If your ribs got injured that was good for you because that way the doctors could find a silent killer.
Good luck and keep going.

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laurieg
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I am sorry to hear about your husband. I will keep you both in my prayers. Thank You for your advice.

Diane03
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Joined: Jun 2008

It's normal to have every conceivable feeling there is. I'm very happy for you that they were able to remove it. Mine can not be removed. You can be strong for your children, but you also need to allow yourself time to go through all of your concerns and feelings. I wish you well

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laurieg
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Diane,
I am sorry yours cannot be operated on. I will never forget waking up in intensive care after they removed the lobe of my right lung. My husband was right there by my side and that is what bothered him. While I was in surgury, he found out that the lady after me in surgery had a cancer worse then mine. We were praying for he and her family while I was in intensive care. Also, my respiratory therapist gave me a treatment and she was going through chemo at that time. Can you imagine, being in treatment and taking the time to take care of others. The Lord does work in the most mysterious ways. I pray for you Diane, and hope you are well today!

cabbott
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I have both stage one lung cancer where they removed just the middle lobe of my right lung (almost a two year survivor now) and breast cancer (right mastectomy 5 years ago!!!). When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was totally scared. It was nothing like being scared going on a rollar coaster. That fear only lasts a few seconds. Cancer fear lasted for days and days. Finally I put it in God's hands and figured he could handle what I couldn't. Getting a plan of how to deal with cancer helped too. Even then I had lots of scary thoughts that I would mull over at night that wrecked my sleep. I found out I had a spot on my lung after 4 years of dealing with breast cancer. I went for a biopsy and the surgeon backed out of my lung when it turned out to be the same type of cancer as my breast cancer was. They sent me home with a diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer and I was to get chemo after I got back on my feet. Then they called me a week after the biopsy surgery to tell me that I had to come in (100 mile trip one way)for more lung out. The path report concluded that I had lung cancer rather than breast cancer in the lung. The doctor was really worried I'd freak. Instead I laughed and told him I figured that's what he was calling about. My jokes at the time weren't funny to the residents, but I figured that I could only die of cancer once so there wasn't any good reason to get worked up about having lung cancer (major killer) since I already had breast cancer (also a major killer). I rarely get totally down in the dumps anymore, but sometimes I feel guilty that I'm doing well after diagnosis and many of my friends are not doing well. So far, in spite of two diagnoses, I have not needed chemo. I take one pill a day for the breast cancer and that's it. One of my friend's called my cancer "baby cancer" in comparison with hers. I suppose it is. The doctor noted, somewhat more tactfully, that I was very lucky in an unlucky kind of way. I had been caught early, twice. I have no illusions that my luck will last forever, but so far I am able to do most things that I did before lung cancer and life is good. My son and husband have weathered almost six years of this stuff, and rarely think of me as sick. At the same time, I never forget that I have been diagnosed for more than an hour or two at a time. It helps when I get busy doing something fun. Chatting on this website helps too. I read somewhere that the extent of the cancer and how serious it is has little relationship with the emotional reaction we have when diagnosed. Certainly my first reaction to being diagnosed was not a small reaction. But now it is better. I hope your recovery is a speedy one and that you feel better soon.

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