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  1. Jessica D.
    Description: American Lung Association: I am a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, runner, and HERO.
  2. Renee M.
    Description: Several years ago I remember my cousin texting me and telling me her mom had lung cancer. The next time I saw my aunt she was on constant oxygen.
  3. Cristina C.
    Description: I am a 40-year-old lung cancer survivor! I had been experiencing an occasional but annoying cough for a few months which I kept putting off as "post nasal drip". I had my yearly physical scheduled for November 2017, at which time I mentioned this cough to my RNP and she decided that it would be best for me to have a chest X-ray to rule out any thing major.
  4. Sandra L.
    Description: On August 1, 2008 I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer that had already metastasized to the chest lymph nodes. Stage 3B at this time. I had a right upper lobectomy of the lung, IV chemotherapy, radiation then more IV chemotherapy.
  5. Doug F.
    Description: It all began in 2012 when my brother went into the Texas Heart Institute in Houston for the repair of a mitral valve prolapse. During the procedure, the surgeon discovered that he had a 6 cm aneurysm in his ascending aorta, so he repaired that also.
  6. Bruce D.
    Description: I am a 51-year old never-smoker in otherwise great health who, after experiencing wheezing and shortness of breath while exercising, was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer with the ALK mutation.
  7. Kaye C.
    Description: On March 9, 2017, I had a cough and some wheezing in my upper chest I passed it up, but that evening I got such an excruciating pain on my right upper side around the shoulder blade I thought I sprained.
  8. Dena A.
    Description: I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in October, 2014. I had no idea I had it until I went to the ER for a car accident and they did a chest x-ray. That's when they found the hilar and medistinal lymphadenopathy, which turned out to be sarcoidosis by biopsy.
  9. Barbara A.
    Description: My mother never smoked but was diagnosed with lung cancer at 76, and died of the disease at age 80. They didn't have CT scans in those days so by the time she was diagnosed, it was too late - although she did live longer than expected.
  10. Nancy W.
    Description: In late April my husband Ted and I packed up for a trip to explore Myrtle Beach properties; we were looking forward to our soon to be retirement. He showed me a red area on his left arm so we stopped into the local emergency room to have what appeared to be a phlebitis on his arm checked and treated. What a nightmare! He was admitted to the hospital, and several misdiagnoses later (cellulitis, TB) led to the devastating diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer, Stage 4B.
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