In the spring of 2016, I thought I was having a heart attack.
At the hospital, they discovered I had Stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Fortunately, my cancer was diagnosed early. I had one of the lobes in my left lung removed and it was believed I would be cured.
Two years later, cancer returned.
In June 2018, numerous other nodules were discovered on my lungs. In September 2018 after more testing, I was given the news that my cancer was not curable.
My family and I were devastated. We have lost loved ones to breast, prostate, and bone cancer and knew the road that lay before us all too well.
People survive stage IV lung cancer, but the survival rate of 22 per cent was terrifying. My plan was to remain positive and believe that I would beat it.
I began to educate myself and learned through the process that other cancers have survival rates as high as 87 per cent. I also learned that lung cancer research receives less support than other cancers even though it is responsible for the loss of more Canadians than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined.
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