My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lungevity Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
Prior to diagnosis I was a middle school teacher getting prepared for principalship. I was diagnosed on March 14, 2014 with Stage IV NSCLC ALK positive. I was born on Valentine's day, I'd just turned 43 years old then. Started Crizontinib as 1st line of defense in April 2014. Stayed on Crizontinib for 36 months. Brain metastasis was evident and Crizontinib was no longer effective. I started Alectinib in May 2017.
This September 2020 makes it 40 months for me on Alectinib. I've learned how to manage certain noticeable side effects very well. I follow my instincts and work cooperatively with nurses, physician assistants, and oncologist very well. I am proactive and advocate for myself. I take on adventures, like skydiving in July 2017. It was wild. Oh, I pray