I was 39 when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a huge shock, as just si

I was 39 when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a huge shock, as just six weeks before, I’d run a half marathon. I’d had a bit of a cough over the winter, but as I was a non-smoker, and a keen runner, cancer was way down the list of likely suspects! However, after further testing it was confirmed I had stage four cancer, with tumours in my lungs, liver, adrenals and lymph nodes. I started treatment, which very quickly shrunk all the tumours, to the extent that I felt I could get back out running. I started following a training plan, with the intention of running the London Marathon! However, a few months later I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my lung. Right now, I’m on a drug called Alectinib, and my life day-to-day is pretty much normal. I try not to let cancer encroach on my life too much. So much of the information you see about cancer is negative, and it is a dreadful disease, but there are many people living with it every day, often with no outward signs. I still have rubbish days, but most of the time it’s about getting on with life, and doing what I want to do while I can.” Thank you to Angela for sharing her story on World Lung Cancer Day.

39 Comments

  1. What an inspirational story, thank you for sharing it and…giving such encouragement to many I’m sure. Go well my dear and continue to kick cancer in the butt. 😘

  2. Thanks for sharing your story- keep strong, smile every day and continue to kick ass- CRUK is vital- I am a survivor purely down to all the years of their research- so now I’m running for CRUK- because I can.

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