Changing the face of lung cancer

 

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Changing the Face of Lung Cancer is a collection of stories from lung cancer patients and survivors across Australia, sharing their experiences and search for hope, and advocating for all Australians to recognise that lung cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, anytime, how to identify the warning signs, and what to do if you or someone you know needs help for diagnosis or treatment.

Lillian Leigh

Lillian’s Story. My name is Lillian, I am 35 years old, married to my husband Peter and we are lucky to have a beautiful three year old daughter Jessica. I am a social justice lawyer and was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2014 just two days after my 34th birthday. I woke up one morning…

Sandy Sampson

Sandy’s Story. My name is Sandy, I am 62 years old living in Perth, married with two children, and four grandchildren. I was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011, where I had carcinoid tumors in my chest and right lung. After having the annual flu jab at work, I had the flu and a…

Jay Silva

Jay’s Story. My name is Jay. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma Non-small cell lung cancer at age 39 in 2011. The cancer was in my lungs, lymph nodes, bones, and muscles. Since my diagnosis I have also had cancerous fluid around my heart, in the lining of my lung that needed to be…

Alexandra Colwell

My name is Alexandra and three years ago my life was turned upside down. I was 31, the mother of a two-year-old, a clean eating runner who had never touched a cigarette – and I had lung cancer. My diagnosis came after I found a small hard lymph node in my neck, above my collarbone.…

Helen Irving

Helen’s Story. I was about to leave home to take my granddaughter to playgroup when the telephone rang. It was my GP. “It’s not emphysema, its cancer,” she said. I was stunned. How could I have lung cancer when I’d never smoked even one cigarette? My enjoyable retirement life had suddenly crashed. I was diagnosed…

David McDonald

David’s Story. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in December 2011 at the age of 49. This came as a total shock because I’d never been a smoker and I didn’t think I had any serious health problems. In fact, our family had a whole future planned. We were in the process of…

Lisa Briggs

Lisa’s Story. My name is Lisa Briggs and I’m 34 years old, wife to my amazing husband Kirk, and mother of two beautiful children, four year old Jasmine and 18 month old Alastair. On the 28th November 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. Having always led an active lifestyle, never smoked a…

Victoria Taber

Victoria’s Story. My name is Victoria and I am a six year survivor of lung cancer. I am now 24 weeks pregnant with our second miracle baby who is due in May. Back in 2009, I was newlywed 29 year old teacher about to embark on one year teacher’s exchange program to Canada. I was…

Mike Hyde

Mike’s Story. It is now 13 years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer, but who’s counting! My diagnosis of lung cancer and treatment has changed my life as it would change anybody’s. I now have a sense of my mortality and I certainly do look around and appreciate things that I took for granted…

Anita McGrath

Anita’s Story. My name is Anita and I’m a 46 year working mother of two energetic young boys. I enjoy daily walks, a healthy diet and regular family camping holidays. Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), Adenocarcinoma, stage 3a. For more than two and a half years…