My journey with lung cancer began in November 2007. My desire to seek a support group began in August 2008. At that time, the only talking support system for lung cancer survivors was a Wednesday telephone-only contact program in Raleigh. Beth Williams was my contact person who related to me and assured me all would be well. She encouraged me to contact chairperson of the Greensboro Lung Cancer 5K scheduled for November 2008 (inaugural event). I contacted her, and connected with other lung cancer survivors, families, friends and advocates for a cure. I continue to be involved with this wonderful group of people—and our event is now called LUNGe Forward 5K.
Since then I have also found other survivors through support groups. Most local hospital cancer centers have a general cancer support group and a few specialty cancer groups for breast, prostrate, thyroid and multiple myeloma. There are very few lung cancer support groups. I am pleased that in Spring 2014, the first LiveLung lung cancer support group started in Guilford County. The group meets at Community Bible Church, 4125 Johnson Street, High Point, NC 27265 (Modular Bldg. #2 behind the church), at 7:00 pm the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our meeting features guest speakers (i.e. oncologists, nurse navigator, other cancer experts and survivor’s story) every other month. This is so exciting to have a Lung Cancer Support Group in High Point, NC. Our group is comprised of newly diagnosed to 10-yrs. of survivorship. We discuss new information, resources available, new medicines, treatment procedures, molecular testing, lung cancer screenings, help with transportation, financial assistance, upcoming lung cancer or cancer events, exchange recipes, compare notes about diminished energy levels, shortness of breath, bad hair days and memory lapses.
We share our experience, strength and hope. We know exactly what others are going through or have been through. Lung cancer has touched survivors in a way we can connect on an emotional and spiritual level with other survivors (new and longstanding). Our meeting is open to anyone touched by lung cancer, including patients, survivors and the people who care about them. Light refreshments are always served, and they are delicious!