Radiation update & some exciting news!

I have now finished radiation! YAY! I haven’t posted in a while since I was trying to focus on the treatment and staying healthy! The treatments were quick and painless – which was great. I was usually in and out of the hospital within 30-45 minutes. The side effects really started to present themselves after about three weeks of treatment. I had lots of fatigue, developed a dry cough and had occasional nausea – nothing that I couldn’t handle!

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2 Weeks Down!

 Now that treatment is done, we will once again have to use the “wait and see” technique to see what happens… one of the stressful parts of being a cancer patient.

Now for the exciting news!!

Right after treatment ended, I found out that I was selected as a recipient of the Patient Advocacy Award for the 17th International Association of Lung Cancer World Lung Cancer Conference! I am SO incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship which will allow me to attend this year’s conference in VIENNA, AUSTRIA!! WOOHOO!!!

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Since the day I was diagnosed, I have always tried to focus on the positive and all of the things that I have been able to do BECAUSE I have lung cancer rather than all of the things that it has taken away. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help advocate for lung cancer and look forward to sharing all of the information that I take back from this experience with all of you!

 

Next month is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!! There will be brand new “Just Breathe” products available starting November 1st! It is my hope to create lung cancer awareness through my “just breathe” products by helping to spread awareness that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. Each product has a 4 leaf clover because as someone who was born on St. Patrick’s Day, I’m a true believer that everyone could use a little luck.

Products will be available through “From Lizzie’s Lungs” Etsy page with proceeds going to Lung Cancer Awareness & Research!

Here is a sneak peak at one of the new products that will be available November 1st!

 

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Sterling Silver “just breathe” necklace

 

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Lastly, I am honoured to be speaking again at this year’s Evening of Hope Ottawa in support of Lung Cancer Canada! This year’s event will be held on November 24th. Tickets are already on sale and are available at a reduced rate until November 1st. There will be food, drinks, a silent auction, music and more! We had a great time at last year’s event and are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

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12 thoughts on “Radiation update & some exciting news!

  1. So glad to hear that radiation was manageable….you are a trooper! Congrats on your trip to Austria – you will be a valuable asset to the proceedings. Good luck with the new Just Breathe items – money well raised!

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  2. I am so very happy for you and pray that your future is long and cancer free. I lost my mother 3 years ago. She was 72 and a smoker. I hated the fact that she was an incredibly strong woman and my best friend. Life has not been the same without her but watching your journey has made me understand that you should not be judged because you were a smoker.

    God bless you and your family and I’m looking forward to supporting you with your latest product. I have already purchased 2 of your bracelets, so I’m looking forward to this necklace.

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  3. Glad to hear the radiation treatments are finished and that you were able to manage them without to much trouble.
    Congratulations on receiving the Patient Advocacy Award, you certainly deserve this award. Enjoy the trip to Vienna for the 17th International Association of Lung Cancer World Lung Cancer Conference!
    Wishing you and your family continued good health and happiness.

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  4. Congratulations on your award,you are an awesome advocate for Lung Cancer Awareness.Happy to hear you have finished your treament and are doing so well that brings hope to others in this battle..😊🍀

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  5. You go! So happy you are done with radiation and congratulations on the well deserved recognition as well as the opportunity to travel (and do more advocacy!) to Vienna. Watch and wait sucks but you’ve got this 🙂 xo

    Linnea

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  6. Elizabeth
    You remain a huge positive influence on so many people.
    Your beautiful radiant smile also captures the hearts of many.☺
    Throughout everything you and your family have endured you remain positive as well as generate education, awareness and fun d raising g towards lung cancer.
    I look forward to your blog . Always so happy to hear you are doing well. Although I’m sure you have difficult days , you have chosen to only share the positive😉.
    Wishing you continued strength courage and kiss and hug. Xo
    😘
    Tracy s

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  7. Thank you for sharing your story Elizabeth. It is something the newly diagnosed need to hear. I am inspired both as a patient myself, an advocate, and a father to 3. I am also vp, lung cancer canada and doing advocacy work re: lung cancer. I am in year 7 now, all with stage 4 , a few stretches where there was no evidence of disease, but pretty much a steady stream of treatment for the full 6+ years. I have become ‘clinical trials’ guy! Keep sharing, keep those feet moving, and keep inspiring people, its the only way we will change perceptions of this disease.

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