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donna406
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Joined: Apr 2012

I moved to Georgia in 2008, previously I lived in Florida working in the medical field since 1981. When I moved to my new home I decided to go back to work to meet people. I was 58 years old at the time. I ended up getting a job for a large Pulmonary Group of Doctors. I was diagnosed simply by luck. My office purchased a Cat Scan machine and the Tech was learning a new technic on calcium scoring. I offered myself for her to practice on.
It was during that scan that I was found to have a cancerous mass in my upper left chest, Dec 8, 2010. I was told by one of the Doctor's I worked closely with. He was gentle and very concerned, I on the other hand just thought it was surreal and saw his lips but still had not heard the word CANCER. I knew I was sick but I knew that I would get better and the fight began. By Dec. 14th I was staged with Stage 3B Non Small Cell Lung Cancer. I was seen by my Oncologist and my Thoracic Surgeon and was scheduled for Surgery Jan 4, 2011 for a insertion of a port. I was scheduled to start my chemo on Jan. 5th 2011. On April 23, 2011 I had a left upper lobectomy performed. Back to some more heavy chemo. The second week after I started on my first round of chemo I was beginning to lose chunks of hair. I still did not give Cancer a fighting chance. I told everyone and myself this is me I belong to me not to cancer and I will beat this. I wanted to give up a number of times, I had severe reactions to the chemo and was in and out the hospital a few times. I finally ended chemo 4 rounds early as I could take no more. One year later my CT is clean and the port was just removed last week after 2 clean CT's.
So why am I depressed?? I ask myself that alot but understand that I am always wondering will it return. I am reading alot now about depression after being a suvivor and its normal.
So just want to say Hi to everyone and share my story. I am new I just joined today. I wish everyone who is diagnosed with a form of any disease to just hang in and fight for your "me"

dennycee
Posts: 656
Joined: Mar 2011

Hello Donna, and welcome to one of the most supportive sites ever. I am sorry for the circumstances that bring you here but glad that you found this. You have the heart of a true fighter, I am always glad when I read that a new person has decided that they will not allow themselves to be defined by cancer. I am glad that you understand also that the depression and the concern that the cancer is back with each new twinge are normal reactions. Please consider taking a mild antidepressant if you are not already taking one. Also, you may find comfort in joining a survivor group.

I have found that mild exercise helps me fight off depression. There is a program offered by Gilda's Club or the Cancer Support Community called Transitions designed to help cancer patients find that "new normal" through diet, exercise,emotional support and more. This is a 6 week program, they are about to offer this as an online program. Many of the YMCAs on the east coast offer the Livestrong program. A 12 week program designed to help cancer patients "achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem".

Let me know if you want more info. You readers on the west coast need to get with your local Y and tell them to apply for a grant to establish local programs.

donna406
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2012

I want to thank you for your reply to my post.
I am very interested in information on the Transitions program. I live in Georgia a town called Acworth. It is 20 miles Northwest of Atlanta.
I also have neuropathy in both my feet which makes in difficult to walk any long time. I have lost alot of muscle mass and need to join some program. The local Y is far for me and would really appreciate any direction you can give to me
Thank you again
Donna

dennycee
Posts: 656
Joined: Mar 2011

Hi Donna, The facility that hosted the Transitions program here in my area is called the Cancer Support Community. They have a sister center in the northern part of Atlanta, contact info: Cancer Support Community-Atlanta, 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite C-225,
Atlanta. 404.843.1880 http://cancersupportcommunityatlanta.org/home.php

If they are too far from your home call your hospitals social worker, he/she should be able to put you in touch with a survivors group.

I am hoping someone will have info on how long it takes neuropathy to go away. It's been 15 months since I finished chemo and I still have some residual neuropathy.

Best Regards,
Denny

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