Mac was a marathon runner, never smoked and has a father who is active and well at age 95. Mac was always healthy.
Mac had headaches for a year and a half – usually mild; kept under control with Aleve. He saw an internist, neurologist, ophthalmologist and dentist. No one had any answers. On January 7th, 2014, Mac and his wife went to West Health Emergency room because Mac had a splitting headache. In addition to an MRI of the head, they were monitoring his heart because they noticed some irregularity. They also did a chest x-ray and a CT scan because he complained that he was having trouble getting a deep breath. Mac was taken by ambulance to Abbott Northwestern because his heart had gone into A Fib.
2 weeks later – after spending a few days at Abbott and seeing every “ologist” possible, as well as 2 visits to Mayo – the preliminary diagnosis was stage 4 non small cell squamous lung cancer.
In June 2015, Mac lost his battle with lung cancer.
Mac represents a large group of people in our country who receive a lung cancer diagnosis without the stereotypical smoking history. The smoking stigma is inaccurate and it keeps this disease underfunded and in the shadows.
If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. Protect your loved ones by learning the facts about lung cancer. Join the fight to improve access to preventative screening, increase the dollars spent on lung cancer research and support families that are living through this nightmare.