As many of you already know, I was recently diagnosed with late stage non-small cell lung cancer. Since the diagnosis, I now refer to this stage of my life as “life interrupted”.
On April 21st, 2015 I was told that I had lung cancer. As a music teacher and singer, I’ve always thought of my lungs as being such an important part of who I am but now they will have to prepare for an entirely new challenge. I can still remember sitting in the hospital, staring at my surgeon and being unable to process what was really going on. It didn’t make sense to me that a 26 year old, healthy, non-smoker could get lung cancer. Seeing as I was about 5 months pregnant at the time, I was completely consumed with baby planning prior to receiving my diagnosis. My entire life was turned upside down in a day.
My parents, who had flown to Alberta to be with me for the diagnosis, never cease to amaze me. From the moment we heard the news, their sole focus has been on how we will beat this together. We quickly booked flights home to Ontario to meet with a phenomenal team of doctors at the Cancer Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. I feel blessed everyday to have them working with me and feel entirely confident that they will do everything in their power to help me win.
The first few weeks were the toughest as I tried to process everything that was happening, the fear of losing the baby and the fear of all of the unknowns. After learning more about the disease and possible treatment options while thinking “outside of the box”, I have always had this feeling that I will beat it. I know that I am strong, young and a crazy fighter. I have always been able to accomplish whatever I put my mind to and I don’t see this battle as being any different. I realize that it will be a long and difficult journey but I am fully prepared to do everything in my power to be a survivor.
As of right now, I have received 3 rounds of chemotherapy and am tolerating it very well. I have been feeling very well and am lucky to have my amazing husband Dax and my entire family by my side. From taking me to my many appointments, to the endless amounts of research they’ve done since my diagnosis, I don’t know what I would do without them.
After the first round of chemo my oncologist had an x-ray done to see if it was working or not. I had my first WIN and found that the cancer hadn’t grown!!! WOO! It’s all about the little wins and each and every one needs to be celebrated! I am happy that it has been controlled for now and hope that the chemo will now help it to work to shrink the tumour as well.
We also have another WIN to celebrate and I am happy to say that we are expecting the safe, although early, arrival of our baby Jack at the end of the month. I will be induced on June 29th and can use all of your prayers for this early delivery! Jack was due on August 20th but is already over 4lbs at only 32 weeks! Needless to say, I don’t doubt that he will take after his father in the height department! If having a son doesn’t give me the strength to beat this thing, I don’t know what can!
After we have the baby, I will be scanned and re-assessed to see how things are progressing to determine our next steps for treatment. I will be sure to keep you all posted as we go along. I know that I am not fighting this battle alone and am forever grateful for every prayer and positive thought sent my way.