I have been surviving stage IV metastatic lung cancer since August 2015. I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer after experiencing an intermittent, persistent cough and shortness of breath when running and hiking. My initial diagnosis was stage IV with metastisis to both lungs and spine. I was diagnosed with unilateral Moyamoya, an incurable, progressive brain disease, in August 2017. I opted for direct and indirect bypass brain surgeries to return blood flow to my brain because the right internal carotid artery was narrowed to 100% blocked. I am recovering and constantly improving from a December 2017 hemorrhagic stroke that left me temporarily paralyzed on the left side of her body. The first prognosis was the rest of my life in a wheelchair with 24 hour care nursing. I ended up walking out of inpatient rehab with the help of a cane. Then I graduated out of outpatient therapies. I continue to work on cognitive and memory deficits on my own. I share my victories and struggles with lung cancer, stroke and Moyamoya in my blog, Peace Lungs and Happiness: Anatomy of a Medical Apocalypse.
Colorado Springs, CO
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