Dear friends, newbies and long timers,
We all have at least one thing in common, and that is what brings us here. Lung cancer.
It may be that we come here because we were diagnosed with lc, or because a loved on was. Either way we come here to find support, knowledge and hope. Hope to be able to rid our bodies of this disease. Support in how to manage and endure during treatments, support when waiting for scan results that will show if the treatment worked or not.
We come here to find knowledge because lung cancer is so diverse and tricky it is impossible for one oncologist to stay on top of all research on all the different treatment modalities and options. Together we have a vast pool of knowledge that we can share. We have a tremendous amount of experience from many experts and we know where to find them; the doctors who are top of the line.
It does not matter if you are a newbie or an old timer here, it doesn’t matter if you are just now beginning your treatments or if you are on your third or fourth line. What serves you best in trying to free your body from cancer, or trying to find a way to live with it- despite it, you are best served by learning as much as you possibly can about YOUR lung cancer and your treatments and options. It applies whether you are stage I or stage IV. It applies if you are looking for a cure, maintenance or a dignified end of life.
Knowledge will make it easier for you to find the best treatment for you. It will help you ask the right questions of your doctor, it will help you spot any issues that are arising and make it possible to nip it in the bud.
Knowledge will also help you realize when and if there is no hope for a cure but hope for maintenance. It will also help you prepare for end of life in due time. Not too soon and not too late. Knowledge will help motivate you to get a second and maybe a third or fourth opinion.
Knowledge CAN save your life. It most certainly WILL improve your quality of life.
It will prevent you from prematurely throwing in the towel.
It also brings comfort. Comfort in knowing that you and your doctors are doing all that you can to bring health to your body. Hope.
By learning about your body and how it works you can help yourself manage treatments so that you will not suffer needlessly.
Knowledge will motivate you to drink a lot of fluids to flush the toxins out when on chemo. It can make all the difference- if you don’t drink you may end up with a lot of bad side effects; it may prevent you from getting the next treatment. It can stop a downward spiral.
Knowledge will motivate you to eat when you don’t feel like it. It will keep you strong and prevent you from deteriorating and loosing strength and stamina. It helps you choose foods that will give you energy, energy that you need to restore health to your body.
Knowledge is what makes you get out of bed and walk at least a few steps every hour, because you know how dangerous it is to remain in bed.
Knowledge is power, it is a great tool and I urge you to find as much as you can.
By choosing to learn you are choosing life, however long or short that may be.