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I am a champion withstander. Without a doubt, my lung cancer was already established almost 20 years ago when I first became symptomatic. It would take almost four more years to receive a diagnosis.

Within two weeks, I’d had a lower left lobectomy, followed by four rounds of cisplatin and taxotere. I was a hale and hearty 45, but I was knocked on my butt.

Since then, my treatment regimen has been tarceva (before we knew I was ALK+), crizotinib, ceritinib, carboplatin and pemetrexed, more crizotinib, lorlatinib, lorlatinib plus carbolplatin and pemetrexed, and my current trial, DS-1062 a.

There have been some good years–with crizotinib and lorlatinib allowing me to live almost normally–and some tough ones. I’m coming off a tough one now.

Day four post infusion and I still feel as if a big wave dashed me to the bottom of the ocean floor. It is a physical sensation but also emotional. However, in the little chats I’ve been having with myself, I continue to reaffirm that this shall pass.

I now have at least a month in which to recover and to become stronger. Of course, my cancer will have a similar agenda. That’s the tricky part.

However, in the absence of chemotherapy coursing through my veins, I plan to do my darnedest to boost me, myself and I. I for immune, I for eyes on the prize, I for I shall not only withstand, I shall prevail.

In the meantime, if any of you have any recipes for immune boosting meals and/or magic elixirs, please do share. And come January, I’m going to try to kick this cancer to the curb.

7 responses to “More

  1. Feeling for you – I know the what the chemo trips can be like – Have had some long and unpleasant journeys with cisplatin – taxol and pemetrexed
    – usually in combo’s – I got thru and still here (NED after 4 yrs treatment and that was over 4 years ago) – I take a big 2in piece of fresh turmeric EVERYDAY juiced with ginger and a variety of fruits (and black pepper) – Big anti-inflamatory hit and immune booster – I also have a goddess of an oncologist who I’ll be seeing in next couple of weeks – I also read a kick-ass blog by an outstanding woman and author – Name is Linnea – Think you might know her xxxx

  2. Linnea, I believe I told you about my Cousin’s extensive research into Vit D3? Take at least 10,000IU a day! And you can tolerate more as it’s not toxic. I’ve been doing this for a year.

  3. I take spurlina, comes in powder or tablet. I also do a daily mushroom broth that I got from reading Ralph Moss. 4-5 mugs of green/matcha green tea from republic of tea to start my day. I also just had my vitamin D level checked because of Covid.
    💖

  4. Linnea, you will have a much better next year. I’m sending love. Linda

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. You probably know most of the immune boosters: plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise and sleep, fresh air and sunshine. Making human connections, and non-human (pet) ones. Laughter and love. Wishing you all of those.

  6. janheintzmanlindsay

    I invite you for a free Reiki session, dear warrior. This time without the chainsaws buzzing

    Love,

    Jan

    978-500-8306

    Jan Heintzman-Lindsay RN

    On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 11:28 AM life and breath: outliving lung cancer wrote:

    > linnea11 posted: ” I am a champion withstander. Without a doubt, my lung > cancer was already established almost 20 years ago when I first became > symptomatic. It would take almost four more years to receive a diagnosis. > Within two weeks, I’d had a lower left lobectomy, f” >

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