In May of 2013, I was working out and running a couple miles each day. On our family vacation in Arizona, I climbed Camel Back Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. But, it all started to fall apart in approximately May of that same year. I was so tired and everything seemed like an effort. I had roving pains. Some days my right shoulder hurt, then my left. Other days my abdomen hurt and about the time that stopped, my liver would hurt. One persistent ache never seemed to leave and that was heaviness in my chest.
Kelly Andrews-Klagmann lost her courageous battle with non-small cell lung cancer at the tragically young age of 27. Kelly’s diagnosis occurred after a week of hospitalization and months of misdiagnosed bronchitis and pneumonia. Previous signs included being winded on a bike and a diagnosis of allergies after wheezing during yard work. She did not smoke. She ate well. She exercised often.
Mac was a marathon runner, never smoked and has a father who is active and well at age 95. Mac was always healthy.
It was March of 2006 when I was first diagnosed with lung cancer, but I consider my journey unofficially starting June of 2005 when I was first diagnosed with pneumonia, strep and mono all at the same time. After nearly a year of antibiotics and numerous trips to the ER and urgent care, a thoracic surgeon recommended that I needed to have a lobectomy on my left lung to get rid of what he thought was an abscess infection that would not heal. At the age of 26, this was a big deal, a life changer for me.
Executive Director Nancy Torrison and Board Member Gary Brausen speak with Cities 97 about the 2014 Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk.
By Circle of Light Spot Light Donor, Mary Zimmer
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation is proud to announce our 2014 Research Fellowships in support of two talented young investigators focused on creating careers in lung cancer research. The RFP invited researchers in their first five years of their first faculty appointment to apply for two-year $150,000 awards. The awards represent A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s efforts to retain talent in the work being done to find effective new treatments and an eventual cure for America’s deadliest cancer – Lung Cancer.
Phil Huston, 62 and a non-smoker athlete, was diagnosed with lung cancer quite by accident in June, 2008. He took a bad fall in while trail running and broke several ribs. X-rays to evaluate the damage showed a tumor in his lung. With no symptoms, he would never have known he had cancer. “I call it my God-fall,” he says.