In February 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage IV NSC lung cancer. I was 49 years old, in good health AND I had never smoked.
Crazy, right?!? That’s what I thought. How could I have lung cancer if I’ve never smoked, AND it’s already spread to my brain and my spine.
I was devastated. To be told that I have terminal cancer at this point in my life just about shattered me.
But then the good news started coming...
I found out that the cancer was being driven by a gene-rearrangement (mutation) called ALK. And recent research found a way to completely stop this cancer mutation in its tracks.
Yes, completely stop it.
I started on one of these ALK inhibitors in April, and I have had an amazing response. MOST OF MY TUMORS ARE GONE!
But there's a catch...lung cancer is incredibly tenacious and smart . It eventually figures out a way around these life-giving drugs and starts to grow again. So frustrating! Why does the cancer have to outsmart the drug?!? There are only two more drugs available to me when the one I currently take stops working. BUT WE ARE SO CLOSE TO A CURE. There is amazing research happening, right now, all over the world, to turn this death sentence into a manageable chronic illness.
Please consider donating to help further this life-giving research.
Your donation will directly go to projects that will help me and other ALK lung cancer patients live longer with cancer.
Please donate today. I want to be here to see my daughters grow up and start their own lives. I want to see them get married and start their careers, and I want to be a grandmother...someday.