My name is Marlo, I was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) in March 2014. At the time, I thought I was coughing because I'd caught a cold from a cold my 2 ½ year-old son. But I soon realized the cough was unlike any other I've had, and it wasn't going away.
My primary physician ordered a chest x-ray, which revealed a small spot in my right lung. After going through a CT-guided biopsy, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a 39 year-old never smoker, this was an absolute shock to me, my family and friends.
I've taken targeted medication along with a low dose "maintenance" of chemo. While side effects were pretty awful in the past, today they are tolerable. Thankfully nothing has spread beyond my right lung and pleura so far, and, as long as that remains so, I am expected to live a longer life.
My son is now 6, and I have never missed out on family time spent with him and my husband.
We travel periodically and seem to have something going on every weekend, which can be tiring at times, but I am having such a great time in life!