I found out on Friday 2/17 that I have advanced lung cancer (stage 4 of 4). I’ve never smoked or lived with smoking, but I’ve learned that 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed in non-smokers like me. Recently I’ve been sick with a cough (the same kind I’ve had all of my life, or so I thought), but it was only this last Tuesday that a painful lump appeared on the side of my neck. On Wednesday and Thursday there were several tests, which resulted in the difficult news on Friday afternoon.
My oncologist said that there’s a 95% chance based on the preliminary pathology that it’s advanced lung cancer. Next Friday 2/24 (earliest appt) I’ll have other tests to determine if the cancer has spread anywhere else, so I guess that means the best-case scenario right now is that it’s just stage 4 lung cancer. The plan is for an aggressive treatment, including clinical trials, but exact details will wait on more pathology and the results of the scans at the end of this next week.
My mind and heart are still numb, and shock is a mild term to describe how my family and I are feeling. Right now I am clinging to my faith that my days are ordained by the One who loves me and holds me close and who will never leave me or forsake me. I don’t know what’s ahead, but I know I am not alone.
What can you do?
1. Pray that my family and I will not be afraid but will rest in God’s mercy and grace.
2. Know how much I love being a part of the Brentwood Academy family and my community of friends.
3. Allow me to continue to work on projects and details as I can. I won’t overdo, but I need to be involved because doing so keeps the fear away. Continue sending me stuff and asking me questions and allowing me to be a part of school life and your life. I’ll let you know when I can’t do something.
4. Believe me when I promise that I will not try to do this alone and that I acknowledge that I need you. Respond to me however you want because you will help me hold tightly to God’s provision in the midst of this true storm.