Montessa Lee: “Become Your Own Best Advocate”

Montessa Lee: “Become Your Own Best Advocate”

Montessa Lee’s story (copied below) was shared on the website “A Woman’s Health.” Montessa Lee was 28 years old when she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in December 2006 after two misdiagnoses. At the time, the special education...
Three Years and Thriving with ALK Positive Lung Cancer.

Three Years and Thriving with ALK Positive Lung Cancer.

Our journey with lung cancer began in November 2013. My husband, Jeff, had run his fourth half marathon that fall, and I was carrying our baby. I was in my second trimester. He felt great and looked good. Jeff had no symptoms that raised a red flag that something was...
Joann Di Federico: Research Better Screening in Honor of My Mother

Joann Di Federico: Research Better Screening in Honor of My Mother

My mother, Joann Baratelli, turned 60 years old on April 28, 2015 and her doctor informed her that she was in the best health of her life. He said whatever she was doing, to keep doing it.Two weeks later she woke up with no voice. When she called her doctor he said it...
Andrea Borondy Kitts: Lung Cancer Screening Might Have Saved Dan

Andrea Borondy Kitts: Lung Cancer Screening Might Have Saved Dan

I lost my husband, Dan, to lung cancer in April 2013. Dan had all the risk factors for lung cancer. He was a former heavy smoker, quit 11 years. He lost his sister to lung cancer when she was only 62, and Dan had COPD. In January 2011, I talked to our primary care...