A year ago today

May 11, 2011:

I had just finished my first bronchoscopy, a necessary procedure for the doctor to get a sample of the mass in my left lung.  They were going to test the material and get back to me, up to 10 days later, with the results.  The mass was clearly an infection but the kind was unknown.

What Dr Filner found was no strange mass to him.  He was certain it was cancer.  So certain, that a short hour after the procedure he told me, “you have cancer”.

So here I am, one year after diagnosis.  A completely different person.  Doing my best to really LIVE life with what feels like a bomb inside of me with an unknown detonation time.

About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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6 Responses to A year ago today

  1. Avery says:

    Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
    How do you measure, measure a year?

    In testing, in eating
    In midnights, in chemo-ther-apy
    In phone calls, in visits, in laughter, in tears
    In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
    How do you measure, a year in the life?
    Measure in love

  2. Diane Fink says:

    Always remember to forget
    The things that made you sad
    But never forget to remember
    The things that made you glad.

    Always remember to forget
    The friends that proved untrue
    But never forget to remember
    Those that have stuck by you.

    Always remember to forget
    The troubles that have passed away
    But never forget to remember
    The blessings that come each day.
    ……unknown author

    May your weekend be happy. You are in my prayers always,
    Diane (Charlotte, NC)

  3. Melanie says:

    When I had mine (bronchoscopy) they couldn’t knock me out, I remember asking, “How’s it look?”
    and he said, “Well, it’s cause for concern.” No shit!

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