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Pauline

"Cancer is devastating, but it's only a season in life. You go through every emotion, which is completely normal. Try to stay as positive as you can and you'll have a better outcome."

To hear more about Pauline's journey click here

My diagnosis

Before finding out I had lung cancer, I was active, ate relatively healthy and walked a lot. Then, an injury at work led to back pain. After viewing the x-rays, the on-call physician noticed nodules on my lungs. At a follow-up appointment, I had bone and CT scans, where a lung specialist diagnosed me with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized to my bones.

My first reaction

My cancer diagnosis was the most shocking and devastating thing that had ever happened to me. That said, I considered myself to be a strong person. I tried to protect my family, by telling them only what they had to know. I did my best not to be negative or upset, so they wouldn't be too worried. But I also told them I wouldn't hesitate to ask for help when I needed it.

My family

My husband and children have been so helpful. They're here for me every day, making me meals, cleaning up, doing whatever they can. And my church 'family' are there for me too, with words and prayers that literally speak life into me. I'm very fortunate to have such support.

My doctors

My oncologist is wonderful. He's honest and to the point, which I really appreciate. He also gives me information on the latest lung cancer treatments. My oncologist and GP are also friends, so it's like we're all working together to help me get well! I only wish everyone had this kind of care dealing with their cancer.

My life now

After my diagnosis, I went from working full-time to not working at all. But since I love being busy and getting involved, I spend lots of time with my grandkids, family and friends. I always liked to be active, and that hasn't changed. I still do a lot of gardening and walking, and have all sorts of projects in the works.

Since having a seizure, I no longer drive and rely on my family to take me places. But my love for travelling hasn't slowed down, so my husband and I travel when we can. I also seem to have developed a sensitive stomach, so I eat as healthy as I can.

My advice

Although my prognosis wasn't good, I didn't listen. I kept telling myself, "You'll overcome this". Well, I'm still here today! Sure, some days there are bumps on the road and the journey isn't easy. But on those days, I just relax and let it all go past.