These are the experiences, ideas and views of each individual person featured here. Your own situation may be different and these ideas may not work for you.
Assemble a really good team around you - don't settle for care that is anything below excellent.
Based on my journey, contact the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. They will be able to give you personalized attention, and give you the answers that you need. They will connect you with doctors that maybe you wouldn't have had access to before because they know them and they're part of their network. They will give you hope, just like they did for me.
When I was diagnosed, it would have been really scary to have known too much. I think being a bit naive was probably a good thing. Eventually I did reach out to patient advocacy organizations for support and advice. I feel like I got through it really well because of my doctors and my support team, my family and friends.
I always believe I've lived life to the fullest. It's probably been accentuated a little, notched up, dealing with a terminal illness. The biggest positive changes are these relationships. They're unbelievable.
I believe all the good and bad has to happen. I can't take anything back, there's no regrets. I'm very, very fortunate.