Help me improve lung cancer outcomes!
I'm alive today because of the research that was done years before my diagnosis. PLEASE help those who are currently fighting to overcome lung cancer and those who will someday be faced with this challenge.
"We're going to cure you." Those were the first words out of my oncolgist's mouth the day I was diagnosed with stage 3B lung cancer. He said it with great confidence and he was right. Within two weeks of hearing those words it was determined my cancer was a result of a mutation of the ALK gene. Within another two weeks I started a 13 week regiment of an oral chemo drug that shrunk and weakened the cancer. Following the oral chemo, I completed 37 rounds of radiation which included 3 rounds of traditional chemo. I then finished my treatment plan with 3 more rounds of traditional chemo. IT WORKED! My doctor was right. I was cured. Since that time there have been many scans and a few scares but today I'm cancer free and enjoying a wonderful and full life. I went from a 25% chance of survival to cured in 10 months.
There are many reasons for the outcome I've experienced; God, family, friends and access to high quality health care. One of the biggest reasons is the research that was done years before my diagnosis. That research led to the scans, biopsies, genotyping, targeted oral chemo drug, targeted radiation, chemo drugs and wise doctors who put together my treatment plan. That research saved my life and will save many lives in the future but my experience is not what all lung cancer patients experience so more research must be completed. I'm asking for your support. I'm asking you to donate to this cause so ALL lung cancer patients can survive and enjoy a wonderful and full life for many years. That ALL lung cancer patients can hear the words, "We're going to cure you." and know it will happen.
Thank you for your support and thank you for saving lives for years to come.
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