My name is Rick, I am 54 years old and I am a lung cancer survivor. Stage III A small cell carcinoma. My journey began in June 2011 with a calcium stone in my salivary gland, 2 dentists, ENT and radiologist found nothing, when my tongue was swollen to where I could not swallow or [...]
I knew I was at high risk. But, I’m still in shock and the diagnosis is still so surreal; as if it were written into a script–except who would believe that the president of a lung cancer organization, a healthy 39 year old mother of four, with my family history, would actually get lung cancer! [...]
“Self Advocacy” in “High Quality” Medical Institutions and the importance of making YOUR VOICE heard.
An Essay on medical “ignorance” when in a facility “unfamiliar” with YOUR medical history.
By Michael D. Tufo, R.T.(CT) ARRT
(Synovial Sarcoma/Lung Mets “Survivor” and Medical Imaging Professional.)
TO begin with: I have been in the field of Medical Imaging for well over [...]
I was 21 and a junior in college when I joined the cancer survivor club – diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor in my upper right lung on December, 26th 2003, the day after Christmas. I went from never being in a hospital since the day of my birth to living in hospitals with countless procedures [...]
“You have an 80% chance of dying and we’re going to amputate your leg.” This was what I heard the first time I had cancer, at the age of 15. The last time I was diagnosed, I was told to “tie up loose ends and live for the short term”. My mother got upset when [...]
So where to begin? I guess the beginning. In July of 2004, I was diagnosed with “pre-cervical cancer”, my Doctor said it would be fine for me to have kids but I should start right away and after I was done I would need a hysterectomy. I was a little scared, but my Doctor was [...]