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!
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!!!
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!
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!