Hi guys this is my first post although have often looked at the lungevity forum and this one on occasion. i was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer in June 07. I had a nagging cough that wouldn't go away and my GP was careful about unnessessary xrays as I have also had Hodgekins disease 28 years ago and underwent 6 weeks radiatherapy. i did smoke but was never a heavy somker speant more time trying to stop than smoking and did stop a very long time ago. My cancer is non operable and not cureable, i underwent 4 cycles of chemo and only 10 sessions of radiatherapy because of my previous dose. at this stage i refuse to accept there is no hope, someone has to be the first surviver. I am not trying to fool myself but am determined to do all i can to improve my overall health and immune system. my first lot of oncologists at the clinic made me feel like a not very important statistic. they give you all the info tell you your going to die sooner rather than later then when you ask what you can do to help your self they say "nothing really just eat healthy and stay positive". how do they expect a person to be positive when thy give you nothing to be positive about. i don't want to hear them tell me about palliative treatment i want to feel they are trying there best to treat me for a possible cure. if when the times comes ans i am told there is nothing more that can be done then so be it i will deal with it when it happens. i have continued to work althrough my treatments i think i was lucky and did not have as much trouble as some people do with chemo and the radiation was not enough to cause too much bother. i am sorry to have ranted on but i still get so angry at the unfairness of it all. having lung cancer you are made to feel guilty and i actually get jealous of women with breast cancer. i know that is unreasonable but there is so much going on about breast cance and just those horrible adds on TV for lung cancer. again sorry for the rant. Dianne
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