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Mum has lung cancer, need positive stories
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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:07 PM
I found out around 2 months ago mum (aged 57) has lung cancer. She had some pain and a cough which led her to get an X-ray and it went from there. At first they said probably non-small cell lung cancer which was bad enough, then they found out it was small cell, now it's small cell that has spread to the pancreas. My understanding is that there's very little hope in this situation, eg small cell lung cancer that has spread.
Mum is handling chemo well, she's fit and healthy and is home and going about her normal life. All chest pain has gone after 2 cycles of chemo, and aside from massive weight loss you'd never know she was sick. She can stay up dancing and drinking until 4am, and she does everything else the same as ever.
I can't find any good stories about extensive small cell lung cancer though. It seems once you talk about that particular type, and it's spread, there's very little hope.
Mum is realistic and would love 5 years. She's super positive and isn't letting this get her down. I want to tell her some good stories about people who've known someone with extensive small cell lung cancer and they at least got a few more years. Very grateful for any you may have!
Posted 15 January 2017 - 08:14 PM
I couldn't read and not post.
Only when I found out my DH's diagnosis (brain tumour) I searched and searched the Internet and it was all extremely negative. He is alive 5 years on.
The REAL thing that kept me going was doing what you are doing and finding one survivor in the world. Puts happens to live in the US. I found him on a specific BT website. Could you go to a specific one?
Your mum sounds amazing and still be so well and active is a good sign. Hold onto that. My DH knows his body better than anyone and I've learnt to trust that when he feels well (apart from the treatment) it's a good sign. Also keep searching for that survivor. Big hugs.
No one can give us a time frame either. So we now realise it's not over until it's over.
Edited by blueskies12, 15 January 2017 - 08:18 PM.
Posted 15 January 2017 - 08:59 PM
I'm sorry to hear that news. My mum recently passed. She was very similar to your mum, except it was stage 4 breast cancer. She was diagnosed in 2005 and until the beginning of 2016 was responding well to treatment that was generally working to keep the tumours stable. Your mum sounds like a very inspiring lady. It is great she is handling chemo. I hope the treatment keeps her cancer in check for a very long time.
Posted 17 January 2017 - 07:30 PM
I am so very sorry to hear of your mum's diagnosis, I hope you get to hear some positive stories to help you through. Sending you hugs and strength
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