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Meet Addie!

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Many of you will recognize Addie one of our community mentors here in the community. Take a moment to get to know her a little better, and pop over to the book club that she facilitates here in the community and say hi!

So here it is. I was diagnosed in Sept. of 2014 with SCLC, an aggressive, less common form of lung cancer. Previously I have always been fairly healthy and strong. I had some sort of progressive joint trouble which no one could seem to diagnose,presumably from wear and tear, seeing as I am 5'2", and  a small frame. Anyway it was beginning to limit my ability to work in the fields that I had held as careers. (professional Cook and house painter) Also would do freelance commission work when possible, but it could not be considered an adequate income source.

I began a process of retraining towards office work, and studying Graphic design. In 2013 I started to have shoulder issues, and eventiually it was determined that I needed surgery. In early 2014, I had tendons reattached in my shoulder, and was recommended to stop working in such highly physical jobs. Something which I was already thinking. I was about 6 months in physiotherapy with my shoulder, when I started having difficulty breathing and a bad cough. I went to the doctor and was told it was a virus that was going around, and to wait it out. It continued to worsen until I suffered a bout of pleuresy. Again I was treated and sent home. Finally I awoke one morning with shingles in my leg. I went to emerg, and mentioned about my shortness of breath and cough again. Finally an exray was taken and here I am.

 I was immediately given chemotherapy, which very quickly made me feel more comfortable. I did 6 rounds that time, which was very successful. I was stable for about 8 months before my scan showed some progression. We tried 4 more rounds of the same drug, (Etoposide/Cisplaten) although there was no improvement, there was also no further progression. I was told this was good news. Which  turned out to be true in that I have been basicallystable ever since. I recently had some progression in lymph nodes which was treated with radiation and now I continue stable again with a scan in August. 

I exist between scans. I often have unrelated pains in my back and legs, and I will never be as strong as I once was, but I do the best I can.I have lost a lot af ambition and confidence on this journey, but I strive to enjoy myself as much as possible whenever possible. 

I hope to gain some more freelance work if possible to boost my confidence etc, but I loathe the promotion/marketing aspect that this requires , so I will carry on by word of mouth. I will not waste any more time than necessary on things I loathe anymore, lol.

I love to fish and just bought myself a fishing boat. I have never spent this kind of money on myself before. Whoot! Whoot!
I hope to get a lot of use out of it this summer. Watch out for my wake!

Thank you so much Addie for sharing your story with us. Have a great time making waves this summer smiley


Cancer is often such a difficult thing to diagnose and it sounds like you went through quite a bit before they determined what was realy going on with you.
So glad you are responding well and able to carry on with things you do find fulfilling. Enjoy that open water!
  • Posted Sun 20 Aug 2017 04:51 PM EDT
Addie: It's great to hear more about you. It's one thing to put a name to a face and another to put a story to a name. I'm glad you are going to do something that you enjoy.
  • Posted Fri 21 Jul 2017 06:09 PM EDT
Good for you Addie go out fishing enjoy life as much as you can , no sense sitting around waiting for the next thing that may or may not crop up. Live for today let tomorrow take care of itself. You are a very strong person and you will keep on going. Good for you dropping the things you loathe. .   
  • Posted Sun 09 Jul 2017 09:51 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing your story Addie‍ are such a strong person, and an inspiration to all of us! 
  • Posted Wed 05 Jul 2017 04:49 PM EDT
thanks for sharing your story, Addie...
  • Posted Sat 01 Jul 2017 05:31 AM EDT

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