I “had” lung cancer. Twice. After 2 difficult surgeries, multiple complications, and 4 months of chemotherapy, I was told that the disease would likely recur. That it is a chronic disease. That it could ultimately kill me…prematurely. I am not a smoker. I am in the growing ranks of women who are developing lung cancer not due to anything we intentionally did to ourselves, as perceived by others. Although I feel undeserving, ill prepared, and unaccepting, there are so many others like me who are asking the same question—why me? But that is beside the point.
Fishbein D. Patients With Lung Cancer Need Love Too. JAMA Oncol. 2017;3(12):1625. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2331
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