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#21 marciem

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 04:11 PM

Wow did not realize you were going through all this. Thank you for sharing. I had the ct a few weeks ago and all was good. So sorry you are going through all this and hope you continue to receive good news. I admire all of you who continue to come here regardless of what they may be going through(I call them the regulars) to help us newbies. You are appreciated.

Thanks Snowy!!  It makes me very happy to see new quitters every day, and it is also encouraging that you have gotten your CT and the "all clear on it!!  :

So glad to read that NED is behaving Marcie, thanks for the update 

Thanks Jill!!  So far so good, thats all I can ask.  JWG survived approx. 13 weeks after his diagnosis with Stage IV, I was at Stage 1a (as good as it gets) (there's bunch of other numbers and letters after that, all saying "as good as it gets" with cancer diagnosis)

 

 

Very glad that things are going well with your treatment. Thank you for the update, and the warning. We are all so lucky to have our quits. Imagine if you had kept smoking, and never came to this board... maybe you wouldn't have even been inspired to get your CT scan... scary thought. So glad you're here. :)

Thank you so much, Autumn!!  Your saying that means a great deal to me :)   :bigarmhug:

As far as QSMB inspiring me to get the CT... no question.  Kathleen was advising it, and I got a reject from my own doctor the first time I asked about it (due to his admitted own ignorance on the subject), and had to really push him for the order.  On my own, I probably never would have heard of it until it was too late to do anything about the cancer.

 

 

Glad everything is going as well as it is. Good to hear.

Thanks so much, Greenie!!  :)

 

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I ❤️ Ned and I ❤️ this great news!! Yay marciem!!

 

Wonderful news Marcie

For those of us in the U.K. you can have this done for about £400 which is pretty cheap.

Thank you L4L and Faith!!  Faith, that's about the amount in US dollars I've seen quoted from Stanford University for self-pay.

 

Great news Marcie! I'm so glad to hear about shrinking NED!    

 

Okay guys and gals, you heard Marcie! Go get scanned!  

My best acolyte :)  I'm so glad to know you my friend!  :) 


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#22 marciem

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

I'm happy to hear that news, Marcie.

 

G'day Marcie
Great to hear you well and still NO Evidence of Disease!
You living proof that that low dose CT scans are work. Find the cancer early and you get a chance to treat it.
Wait for symptoms to become apparent and any treatment is usually to late. Then the 5th most common cancer becomes the 1st most common killer!

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Thank you Johnny and Chris!

 

That's exactly it, Chris.  The reason lung cancer survival stats are so abysmal is that most aren't found until symptoms arise, and then it is a case usually of palliation, not cure.

 

 

Great news my friend !!!
I am sooooo happy for you !!!
Keep up the great fight !!

 

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Excellent News, Marciem! Hope things keep going well for you! :grin: My next low-dose ct scan is already scheduled for Jan 2018....

 

I am happy to hear your better health news Marcie.....and send thanks for the testing reminder.

 

I'm very happy to hear this truly wonderful news, Marcie.

 

Glad to hear that your treatments have been successful, Marcie! You are such a wonderful light here! Blessings and love to you!

 

Great news as far as your screening goes. God to hear it, Marcie. And of course awesome me advice on Low Dose CT!

 

 Thank you Smurfie, Beazel, Rozi, Lin, Jordan, Gigi and Erick!!  It is so good to have so many people who care and support me!  

 

And all of you who have  LDCT's worked into your health care schedules .... WAY TO GO!!  It is so important for us ex-smokers!!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:18 PM

So good to hear Marcie! I haven't been around much lately, so thanks for carrying the torch  :grin:


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

I am not 55 and all I did is ask the doctor and winked the assistant and got mine done, clear so far ! 


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I quit because I just got tired of the life under a rock, dark and with not enough air to breathe waiting for the day to get crushed!

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Quitting is by far the best decision for the rest of your life.

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#25 marciem

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:56 PM

I am not 55 and all I did is ask the doctor and winked the assistant and got mine done, clear so far ! 

I'm so happy to hear that Frank!!  I list the criteria because they are what they are, and that's what they say... BUT

 

John (JWG) was only 50 when he passed, so obviously lung cancer doesn't check ID's at the door before it gloms on.  I'm sure the criteria are based on some statistical reference that says they'll get more bang for the buck after age 55 etc., but I always say with statistics, if it's YOU, its 100% no matter what the stats say.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 09:26 AM

Great posst Marcie :idea:


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:51 PM

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:57 AM

Great to hear of your progress, Marcie! Best wishes to you...
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#29 Nancy.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:50 PM

Here I am with my so-far quarterly push for all who qualify to get cookin' and get scheduled for this test.

 

Criteria:

 

1.   Age 55 or older (under 80, I think)

2.  Smoked 30 pack years or more (1 pack day for 30 years, or 2 a day for 15 years and so on you do the math)

3.  Smoked or quit smoking within the last 15 years.

4.  Have no symptoms of lung cancer

5.  Be physically able and willing to undergo treatment if cancer found.

 

I won't treat you all to the whole Marciem saga, but if you're interested in the step-by-step it can be found here:

https://www.quitsmok...te-62717/page-1

 

As a quick overview, I was found to have lung cancer in February 2017. I have COPD to the extent that surgery was not recommended, but SABR (stereotatic ablative body radiation) (fancy-schmancy linear accelerator) treatment was a good option because my tumor was found so early ... with... TADA ....  LDCT (Low Dose CT Scan) screen as pushed hard for by our Kathleen.

 

I am the person that this test was invented for.  I had no symptoms of  lung cancer.  I smoked most of my life up until 4 years before CT diagnosis.  My cancer was found early enough to be treated, and perhaps cured, which of course is the goal of screening.

 

Last week I  had my second follow up PET/ CT and then visit with the doctor .  The results again show that NED is behaving as hoped (NED = my personal name for my tumor, which also stands for No Evidence of Disease, which my doctor proclaimed on office notes regarding my tumor, which is still gradually shrinking).  Other nodules that have been present all along are either stable in size or have disappeared, while new ones pop up ... the doctor called them "Probable COPD nodules, or inflammatory".  I continue to need close follow up, another PET/CT in 3 months, as outlined when my treatment plan was established.  Anyways, that's the good news for me :)  .

 

Moral of the story:

 

GET YOUR LOW DOSE CT SCAN!!   It is painless, quick,  usually covered by ins. and not that expensive in the grand scheme of your health if ins. doesn't cover it.

Just saw a powerful TV ad for the screen:  https://www.adcounci...ancer-Screening


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:53 AM

Marciem I’m really happy that things are working out well for you. I’m totally impressed by the way you’ve handled this all along. What a champion. :)

Quit date Thursday 24th October. 2017, 10.10am AEDT.

 

It is a relief to not be killing myself slowly. Every day I don't smoke I am getting stronger.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:46 AM

Marciem I’m really happy that things are working out well for you. I’m totally impressed by the way you’ve handled this all along. What a champion. :)

 

Just saw a powerful TV ad for the screen:  https://www.adcounci...ancer-Screening

 

GITW... Thanks!! :)   So far so good... update coming soon.

 

Nancy.... You know, I THOUGHT I heard something on the TV in the last few days (I don't watch much, but hubs has it on for "white noise" all the time), but didn't catch it.  I'm so glad they are finally pushing it thru to the general public!!

 

I'm due for another follow up recheck in the next couple weeks :),  I'll be updating when I know anything :)  .

 

Thanks for the bump, Nancy!!  We have so many newbies, they need to get up to speed on this screening also!!


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:45 AM

GITW... Thanks!! :)   So far so good... update coming soon.

 

Nancy.... You know, I THOUGHT I heard something on the TV in the last few days (I don't watch much, but hubs has it on for "white noise" all the time), but didn't catch it.  I'm so glad they are finally pushing it thru to the general public!!

 

I'm due for another follow up recheck in the next couple weeks :),  I'll be updating when I know anything :)  .

 

Thanks for the bump, Nancy!!  We have so many newbies, they need to get up to speed on this screening also!!

I thought the visual of her clawing up that mountain of smoked cigarettes was so powerful.  It conveyed both her success, and also the need to not become complacent.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:39 AM

Hey. And way to go!

I agree about Kathleen’s advice to get a low dose CT scan. I did it 2 months after I quit and was surprised as hell. It was NORMAL. I certainly dodged a bullet after 38 years of smoking. Still so grateful to God for that one.

Congrats to your hard work Marciem. Well done.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

Great that it's going well with you. I don't fulfil the criteria, but I'll check what are the options to take such a test.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:35 PM

Glad to hear that’s marciem. Take care now.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

Great post! Thank you for sharing






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