Research, research, research!!! How do we get more of it???? $$$$$$$$
My name is Stephanie Peace and I am surviving stage four lung cancer. I am a nonsmoker. I work full time at Ida Baker High School as a math and credit retrieval teacher. I am happily married to my husband John for 11 years and we have three amazing children…Sean 13, Hailey 8, and Makenna 7. My story is like many others and fundraising is one of the main components to finding a cure as this helps research.
I have done the Breath of Hope 5k runs two years in a row and will continue until I am no longer able. I want to help bring awareness that ANYONE WTH LUNGS CAN GET LUNG CANCER. Supporting our local cancer centers and nonprofits like Lungevity ALK is what helps drive RESEARCH. Research is what drives these new targeted therapies, other new treatments (immunotherapy) and hopefully one day a CURE!
During the month of July 2016, I found I had lung cancer. This after several tumors showed up on my skin. One on my hip, buttocks, and right shoulder. After several doctors and demonologist visits, stage iv lung cancer was the devastating diagnosis. I had an MRI that showed there were 6 tumors in my head as well as a 5.5 cm tumor in my left lung, two bones metastasis and one liver metises. Radiation on my head was first followed by three rounds of iv chemo .A catheter was surgically placed on my left side as pleural effusion (fluid in the lining of the lung) was present and the fluid from my left lung needed to be removed once a week. This continued until tissue was genetically examined and showed a biomarker for a mutation call ALK. This was just one of many very rare kinds of lung cancer. This also qualified me for a chemo targeted therapy that would help me live with this terminal disease. After the first targeted therapy failed act maintaining stable brain metastasis, I was put on a second generation TKI called Alecensa. This is my current treatment.
After a scare about a benign tumor on my liver, I was stable but not cancer free. One brain tumor we kept an eye on and unfortunately the Alecensa therapy was not getting to that one. This year August 2018 I had minor brain surgery to remove the one stubborn tumor. The lung tumor that was 5.5cm at diagnosis was now down to 1cm. It was also recommended that I have 5 round of radiation to the lung tumor as well.
I also use medical marijuana to aid in keeping the cancer down, help with pain, assist with nausea, and eating. It helps me most of time cope with the emotional struggles of living with this disease.
Please help me is raising fund for team draft challenge and spread awareness!