I was diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer and was given a 10% chance of living two years. That was in 1998.
Words can not express the fear and loneliness I experienced during my journey with this disease. A disease that is stigmatized, misunderstood, ignored and is severely under funded. I know first hand the struggles patients have, trying to navigate through the medical and insurance arena while coping with the isolation associated with the disease. You don't need to be a smoker to be diagnosed with lung cancer. Anyone can get this disease.
As soon as I was well enough to advocate for this disease I did. I looked for ways to help others diagnosed with lung cancer. In 2012 I founded Free ME from Lung Cancer to help raise money for research so that we could have better treatment options and one day a cure. Progress is being made, but it still remains the number one cause of death from cancer and is the second leading cause of death in women. In fact, every five minutes a women is diagnosed with this disease. Sadly, more than half are not alive one year from diagnosis.
We can make a difference in the lives of lung cancer patients and their families, one step at a time.