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Samantha M.

I was diagnosed in 2012 with stage 4 NSCLC. It wasn’t a month after my 33rd birthday and I was a single mom doing well when my world was turned upside down. The lung cancer had spread to my brain prompting an emergency craniotomy. I never thought I could get it. I wasn’t a smoker. There are so many ways to get lung cancer.

I’m blessed to be here and still on my first line treatment six years later. My daughter is now 13 and is my biggest supporter. I may not look sick, but unless more funding is acquired for more research, I will always have lung cancer. And one day my drug will stop working, we will have to find a new one.

First published: November 26, 2018

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