43years old and in good physical shape when diagnosed.
Diagnosed Stage 3B Adenocarcinoma of left lung on March 21st, 2013. Grapefruit sized tumor 1/4" from spine and heart. Plueral Margins Positive. Lung removed April 9th, 2013. Radiation Started in late May 2013. Switched to Chemo in Fall of 2013. Last chemo in April of 2014. I am very lucky to be here. My main angst is waiting for it to spread. Due to scar tissue, cannot be declared in remission positively.
While I have always been very emotional throughout my entire life, I did not take the news very well. I can remember wailing, uncontrollably; My husband with his head in his hands wondering what he can do to help. I still have many issues, but the key to overcoming the emotional breakdown was a special catch phrase or image in my head that would make me laugh. There was a movie, where this guy was holding his friends bloody hand, "You are not going to die! It may feel like it, but Everything is going to be okay. SAY IT! " Everythings going to be okaay" I would go from crying buckets to instantly laughing and making light of the situation.
So statistically, my doc said I have a 30% of living 5 years after diagnosis/treatments. Because of my age and generally good physical shape, he said I could live 10 years, who knows...
So, I live the best I can, while I can. Make a difference in the world while I am here. Help others in similar situations. Make my mark. I have come to grips with mortality. Everything is going to be okay!