With the ct scan only, we knew there was a large tumor in my upper right lobe and I was a good candidate for surgery. We thought we were going to find out when my surgery would be scheduled and what the recovery time would be. We got some very different and shocking information...
STAGE IV LUNG CANCER WITH METASTASIS TO THE SPINE
We did not return to work. That wasn't what we had prepared ourselves for.
|Lisa's 8/14/2015 Facebook post, hours after diagnosis|
Not many stage iv lung cancer survivors get to celebrate a one year CANCERversary.
I got to have one hell of a celebration last night.
|F*ck lung cancer with LessThan Zero|
at the 1 Year CANCERversary Party
|Lisa doesn't play bass, but looked the part|
while sharing her lung cancer story.
|Lisa and Jeremy|
I did not beat lung cancer. I am not cured. I don't get to celebrate winning. I celebrate surviving. My fight is ongoing and has no end.
I would love to say I'm no different than I was a year ago. But so many things have changed.
- Half of my hair
- My complexion
- A year of exercise and running
- Life as I knew it
- A new appreciation of life that I think I could I have only achieved by facing the possibly of death head on
- New traditions
- New motto: No missed opportunities...When you have a 4 hour layover in Utah. Don't sit in the airport. Jump in an Uber and track down the best burger in Salt Lake City.