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JohnBinDC
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I received the preliminary results of my biopsy today. I have stage 3A NSCLC. Further testing of the specimens will help determine the treatment plan and if the lung cancer is primary, which I believe it is. My hospital is Walter Reed, but I am going to ask for a referral to Johns Hopkins for a second opinion on the treatment plan.

Since first posting here last week, I have been on the board several times and am grateful for the people who share their experiences and hope with others. I hope I can make a contribution as we fight this disease.

Best wishes to all and thanks for the information you share. This is a membership card I did not want, but I am glad this support network is available. 20 years ago there treatments were inferior to today and there were no support gropups on the internet!

John

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catcon49
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Sounds like you are on the right path. Good luck and God bless

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hdbilly1
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Joined: Nov 2010

hang in there john. we all can relate and we'll be here for ya. my thoughts and prayers will be with you, bill

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z
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Hi John, Sorry about the results. I think its an excellent idea to get a second opinion for the treatment plan. I wish you well and keep us updated. Lori

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mamacita5
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Joined: May 2010

I'm 3a too. I am feeling pretty good after surgery, chemo, and rads. I worked all through my radiation and although I was extremely tired, I did fine. I took my first yoga class tonight and I'm feeling great. With all it's ups and downs, try to keep a good attitude and you'll do well too.

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JohnBinDC
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Thanks much for the info and well wishes. I don't think I'll try yoga though! Last time I tried the insructror chewed me out for my lack of flexibility. (That's lack of physical flexibility!:) Think I'll stick to running and have already challenged my son to run in the 2012 Rock and Roll Arizona half marathon.

I am interested in seeing what treatment plan my doc recommends. I don 't have an oncologist yet, but expect that referral today.

Your results are encouraging and I am looking forward to feeling better. I have not felt well in several months.

Thanks!

John

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Glenna M
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So sorry about the biopsy results but would like to wish you the best throughout your treatment. You sound like you have a positive attitude which will help you through your treatment. NEVER give up!!!

Stay strong,
Glenna

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JohnBinDC
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Joined: Nov 2010

Thanks much Glenna. I love the photo of your young man! As you know, there are a lot of emotional ups and downs that come with a cancer diagnosis, but I agree that a positive outlook is one of the best tools a person can have when approaching treatment, in addition to a healthy amount of research/questioning.

Best wishes to you. I see you are an early riser too!

John

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hope0310
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Joined: May 2010

Sorry you had to get the membership card John. I got mine back in March when my mom was dx, and this sight has been a tremedous help!

Keep us posted as to your final dx and treatment plan.

Take care
Elysia

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Glenna M
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Thanks John, the picture is of my great grandson Maven. He is one of my reasons for fighting so hard. He was born 2 months after I finished treatment and he has kept my spirits high and given me another reason to fight for my life. I look at his smiling face everyday and am automatically cheered up :)

I've always been an early riser but since I've completed treatment (13 months out) I still don't sleep well, partly because of dry mouth from radiation. Now I'm awake between 3:30 and 4:30 every morning. Love watching the sunrise.

Yes, a positive attitude helps you through all of this. As many are quick to say, there is no medical evidence that a good attitude helps recovery, but I don't wish to get into that argument. I personally feel that my positive attitude helped me keep my life as normal as it could be while I underwent 4 months of treatment and kept me from sinking into depression.

Stay strong,
Glenna

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stayingcalm
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But I think you'll do well!

stayingcalm

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JohnBinDC
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Joined: Nov 2010

Thank you. I have read several of your posts on this board and a glad you are part of this community. (not glad you or anyone else has membertship) Your posts are well-thought out and encouraging. I look forward to hearing more from you and others who are in "the club". (speaking of clubs, will I need to join the Hair club for men as a result of chemo??! :))

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KitKatFox
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Joined: Dec 2010

HI.

I have missed you at the other blog. What really happened that you are no longer there?

Hugs,
KitKat

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stayingcalm
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Joined: Feb 2007

I was summarily bounced from the site because I couldn't keep my mouth shut about Alt treatments - the dangerous kind/the ridiculous kind/the extreme kind/etc. I shouldn't say summarily, because I was given warnings, but I'm pretty sure my last words were not cause enough for getting bounced. No matter, I'm here, where I started =)

Hey, I hear the Lucanix is working for you! So glad - it's been a long road for you, hasn't it, seems like you had one interruption after another on your way to a trial. No more shingles, I hope!

Hope you'll stop by more often, missed you too!
Deb

cwilder
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Joined: Oct 2010

Hello John my sister also has stage 3a lung cancer. She to is fighiting a good battle. The chemo is taking alot from her but she is working though it and You will too. I pray everyday.

3Mana
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Joined: Aug 2010

John,
Just wanted to wish you good luck with whatever treatment you have. Cancer sucks, and I lost my husband this year from it, so I wish the best for you. I'll say a prayer that you live a long life!!! "CArole"

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