Celebrating my 5-year Cancerversary!
I can't believe it has been five years since my diagnosis with Stage 4 lung cancer. My life was turned upside down on June 22, 2017 - and I never saw it coming because I was in the best shape of my life. Other than the lung cancer, I was a very healthy person!
The sad truth is that more women die of lung cancer every year than from breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers combined. I'm alive today because of the incredible medical advances of the past decade.
I consider myself lucky, because I tested positive for the ALK+ gene mutation, a rare type of lung cancer typically found among younger non-smokers like myself. That means I can suppress the cancer for now with a targeted therapy that blocks the gene from signaling.
Unfortunately, my cancer will eventually mutate and the drugs will no longer work. My long-term survival depends on researchers who are working to develop more alternatives so I can continue to buy time until lung cancer is a curable disease.
That's why I'm making noise about my Cancerversary! I am grateful that advances in research have kept me alive and doing well, and I never want my doctors to run out of options to keep my cancer at bay.
On October 22 - exactly one-third of the way into my 6th year with lung cancer – I will be walking with other survivors and our supporters in the New York Free to Breathe Walk.
My goal is to raise at least $10,000 for research. Will you help by making a donation? Better yet, will you join my team and walk with me in October?
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. You're not just making a difference to me. You're taking a stand for each and every person who is in this fight.
All my gratitude, and looking forward to the next 5 years!
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