In 10/2010 I was diagnosed with stage 4 poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the lung. The dr told me I could expect 10-15 months with treatment. My parents both died of lung cancer within 5-6 months of their diagnosis so I figured 'hey, I'll live twice as long as they did'. I didn't know it was possible to live and to thrive after a lung cancer diagnosis.
In 2010 they didn't automatically take enough material to do mutation testing so I've none of that to report. My oncologist said my stage 4 acted like a stage 3 and recommended concurrent chemo/radiation. I had 4 rounds of cisplatin and etopicide and no maintenance drug. Turns out I am an Exceptional Responder. A rare bird, one for whom the treatment completely destroys the active cancer and leaving me in a state of NED.
In the last 5+ years I've learned as much as I could so that I will be prepared should I experience progression. A studying and advocacy behavior which informed my decisions when I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. So I'm a 2x survivor. Proud of it and strongly identify with the lung cancer community