Joy D

Joy D.

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. I was a healthy, active and hardworking 38 year old gal who was feeling run down and thought I had chest cold - or, maybe bronchitis or pneumonia at the worst.

Went to see my primary care doctor, she took X-rays and discovered that my heart was greatly enlarged. I was rushed to the hospital and directly into heart surgery. Twelve hours later I was back in surgery again - this time for my lung. I learned I had a mass in my left lung, that was followed by a crazy ten day hospital stay. On the tenth day at 7:00 pm my pulmonologist told me I had Stage IV lung cancer.

How could this be? I just had a yearly physical three weeks ago and passed with flying colors! Wouldn't labs show if I had cancer? Certainly I would have some signs or symptoms. I mean you KNOW when something's wrong, don't you?!?! Nope, not me. I had NO typical signs of having lung cancer. But, here I am, doing treatment every single day, giving 100% every single day to keep my body as active and healthy as I can. This cancer is going to have to fight me for my body, I'm not giving up an inch without a fight. I have an army of friends and family behind me, praying for me, encouraging me, helping me and pushing me to be the best version of myself every day! I am so thankful for the LUNG FORCE platform to help make others aware of lung cancer, good lung health, advances in lung cancer treatment, funding and education.

Freedom From Smoking Clinic
Brooklyn, CT | May 31, 2022