Lung CT

I have been so stressed out the last few months due to the Lung CT I had 3 months ago.

I smoked for many years but quit almost 11 years ago. Smoking always has consequences and I knew this at the time.

It seems I destroyed part of my lungs and have 48% usage of them. The part I destroyed is the alveoli which is the part that mixes the blood and oxygen.

This explains the shortness of breath I have been having and it is caused by Emphysema once you destroy part of your lungs you never get that back again. I rarely cough from this which is a good thing. My dad had this but had a horrible cough to go with it.

On Friday I did the 25 minutes worth of breathing test at the pulmonologist office and found out I have Asthma.

Now I am armed with an Asthma medication and two inhalers that means I am ready to deal with this.

I love spending time outdoors whether it’s working in the yard or walking on trails with nature all around and taking pictures of its beauty. I enjoy bike riding and playing fetch with Miss Daisy I will not give these up because they are all very important to me.

I recently have found a love for making stuff with concrete but now I will wear a mask I should have been doing this before.

Life is full of obstacles that try to stop us from doing the things we enjoy. Never give up on the things that you love doing just make adjustments to fit your new lifestyle.

Nothing can stop you from living life other than yourself.

 

 

CT Low dose lung screening

This is for anyone who is currently smoking or has ever smoked this could also be used for those who were around secondhand smoke.

I quit smoking 10 – years ago but smoked for many many years.

There are many new studies showing that a low dose CT scan can find early lung cancer as small as a grain of rice.

I had my LDCT done on Monday and I see a pulmonologist next week to explain the results to me. It was literally a 5-minute test and no tunnels that is a big plus. Our insurance paid for it at 100% so there was no out of pocket.

This American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening for lung cancer for people who are 55 – 74 years old. If you are a current smoker or a smoker who has quit in the last 15 years.  If you have a 30 pack a year smoking history.

Tell your Dr. you are interested in doing an LDCT scan. It could increase the quality of your life or possibly find early cancer.

 

 

Cancer update

I am doing really good & healing quite well from both surgeries.

The biggest problem I am having right now is I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders. It seems that everything I want to do I need to lift my arms lol.

There is still some test we are waiting for but the surgeon said they should be back next week. These test will tell us my exact treatment plan since we had some unexpected things show up after the lumpectomy and lymph node removal testing came back.

This could change what happens first in my case but there is lab testing that helps the oncologist decide. They are running the Oncotype DX on my tumor this also tells us the chance of recurrence.

I have a very positive outlook on life and my cancer even though it was IDC which is aggressive cancer but it was caught early. I have an amazing team of Dr’s. who are looking out for me?

My husband Jack is my rock and he has helped me so much since this all started in November.

 I am only surrounding myself with those family members and friends who are loving, supportive, positive, and truly care about me.  I do not know what I would have done without you all thank you all for being there for me on this journey you are all wonderful.

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and how fast you react determines the outcome.

Cancer I will beat you and I WILL WIN!

Fight Like a girl