Hi all, I just got referred here, a little about me, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung cancer in July 2015, I have a tumor behind my left eye, that has disconnected my retina. I have had 10 radiation treatments for the tumor in my eye and about to under go my forth chemo session tomorrow 12/7/2015. I also had a cat scan recently, I'll find out the results of that tomorrow as well.

Anyway, upon starting my journey into this adventure? I have kept friends and family informed by way of e-mails and after a bit started a blog, hopefully to raise awareness and maybe help someone who is undergoing or about to undergo a similar journey. You can read my story at My hope is it will help someone and make the journey a little less mysterious. I try to keep it updated the best I can and I really encourage questions, comments and encouragements.



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  • Sorry, my tumor is messing with me again, I was diagnose July 2016, not 2015.

  • Welcome ! I look forward to getting to know you better and I'm looking forward to reading your blog.

  • Tom,

    I thought your dates were a bit off the mark, but you know, that is totally okay too. I think they grade on a curve, or at least I hope they do.

    I have already visited your blog, and will start reading more of it tomorrow. Like you, I am a "blogger" or something like a blogger. I used to build web sites back in the "olden days" of the internet (early 00's) and continue to keep my own site going mainly for fun and to keep my mind "in the game".

    I just added a "Cat Section" for the four meatheads that allow us to live with them.

    Anyway, welcome to this site! I am fairly new as well, only been around for a few months, and will be here until I am no longer anywhere. Lately things are getting emotional for me, painful from time to time, and I struggle to give attention to what I really think I need to be giving attention to. Like this web site.

    I can hardly think of a better device to keep oneself "in the game" than visiting sites like this, or this one to be exact, and to either read other stories, or to share your own. Everyone has a different story, about the same thing. That little bit of oddity, makes the stories I read here so enjoyable. Such a learning moment, and so endearing to know you are not alone, not out on a limb, and there are people all over the place that are living YOUR life, just in a different way.

    Again, welcome and if you want to check me out, my own little corner of the web is at I have added your blog to my links page. And please keep us posted on your progress through your journey.

    Mike "Serrecko" March

    Leader of The Skyline Gaggle of Noobs

    Fundraising Paintball Team

  • You have a wonderful way with words. I wish you the best. I was told by my cardiac surgeon, you can take a few days to absorb the information, be sad and then you got to kick yourself in the. It and live life! From all I read cancer thrives in a hopeless, stressed and less than healthy nutrition environment, so keep you heart, mind and body strong. Wishing you health and peace.

  • Thank you Mike. I'm new here as well. Diagnosed September 12, 2015. 15 months of treatment, I'm not feeling well. Stage IV non small cell lung cancer, metasticized. Some days are hard and I'm beginning to feel down. I pray to feel better everyday. Nancee

  • Nancee,

    Welcome, thank you for joining us. I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well - you have been fighting so hard, it takes a toll.

    I hope you have supportive loved ones nearby to help ease some of the hard times. If you would like to connect with some other support groups, or need any other help (i.e. financial, co-pay, travel expenses, etc), please email me at or call Free to Breathe's support line (check us out at, if you haven't already).

    We would love to help.

  • Thank you

  • Welcome. I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Tom,

    Thank you for sharing your story - that is not an easy thing to do.

    As you can see we have wonderful people here, generous with their support and compassion...willing to tell it like it is...and kindhearted.

    If you need any resources (financial, co-pay assistance, support groups, etc), just let me know, I'd be happy to help! You can learn more on our website - too.


  • I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer November 2012. By October 2013 the cancer had metastasized to my brain. I just had my ct and MRI and lungs and brain are stable right now. All I can say is god bless you. Stay strong and be positive. I wake up each day as the beginning of my life. I don't think about my cancer and very seldom discuss it with anyone! Please be strong, positive and enjoy each day! We will never know what it will bring! It's been 4 years since chemo and radiation. I now have chemo every 21 days for a one hour infusion for my brain cancer and am so blessed that I am here with family and friends that have stood by me throughout my journey! I know we will be reading your blog for a long long time to come! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Odette,

    Great story, thank you so much for sharing what you are living...amazing. Bless you and yours.

  • Tom,

    Thank you for publishing a blog and sharing it here! It looks great, lots of good information.

    I wish you continued success with your treatments. It's good to read how much exercise has helped you.

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