LUNG FORCE Heroes
I was diagnosed June 11, 2013 with stage four lung cancer. At the time I was (seemingly healthy) music teacher, wife and mother of two young children. I have the ALK mutation and after traditional chemotherapy and Xalkori, I developed brain mets. I am currently on a clinical trial, AP26113, AKA Brigatinib. I have been fortunate to have been on this trial for one year. The side effects have been minimal, and I feel fortunate to be able to go back to teaching part time, coaching basketball and keeping up with my kids! Throughout my journey, I have had an amazing supportive family and my friends have been great. My biggest piece of advice is you have to do your research and be your own advocate!
First published: January 25, 2016
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