This is an excerpt of a guest blog post written by Lung Cancer Health Activist Janet. You can read Janet’s blog and more articles like this at http://grayconnections.wordpress.com/. Below is a re-published article Janet wrote on her blog, originally published Oct. 13, 2013.
I’m grateful to be here. Actually, I’m grateful to be anywhere. I’m grateful to be alive. The fact that I’m alive is a modern-day medical miracle.
In May of 2011, after a few months of a persistent cough, I was diagnosed with pneumonia caused by advanced lung cancer. No, I never smoked anything except a salmon. Five months after diagnosis, despite chemo and radiation, the cancer spread outside my chest and I was given at most two years to live. A year later, after more treatment and another recurrence, I learned my cancer had a rare mutation. Last October, I found a clinical trial that could treat that mutation with an experimental pill, and I flew to Denver to get it.