When I was in my late twenties, I started coughing up blood. I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in my right lung after having a chest x-ray, bronchoscopy and surgery. Two lobes of my right lung were removed by the thoracic surgeon. I had lost so much weight and had such low resistance that I got shingles and was very weak, but I kept a positive attitude and relied on prayer as well as modern medicine. Thankfully, I gradually got my weight and my energy up to speed. Highly motivated to survive, I walked and swam to gain lung capacity. Now, here I am at 73 still going strong and enjoying children and grandchildren. So many strides have been made in recent years with new chemo treatments and modern surgery techniques that I wish the best for those now facing a lung cancer diagnosis.