Re: Help! I just had a cat scan, after an irregular chest x-ray,
Hang in there you guys...just because there is something on your lung doesn't mean you are dying. I know you are scared - been there!
I had a nodule that had characteristics of a malignancy, and a lesion on my liver - both discovered on a CT scan. Looked like lung cancer that went to my liver. I had a 10 month old daughter and a 12 year old daughter when this was found - the guilt was overwhelming along with the fear of dying (and suffering). I literally fell to the floor whe I got the news. This was a year ago.
The liver lesion ended up being a large cyst, the nodule was benign - had the surgery to remove it and biopsy it - I smoked FOREVER - am 44 now and smoke free for 10 months (quit the night before the surgery).
Here's my advice - don't be consumed with fear - be proactive and aggressive with any tests or treatment - go with your instincts. Surgery was what was best for me -- could not live with the possibility of cancer growing inside me - never slept, ate or smiled. Surgery was not that bad and my life is ssssoooo different now.
Do what you feel is best for you - ask others for support - keep yourself busy - have fun - hang out with friends - watch funny movies. Don't let it take over your entire life...it is a bump in the road and may turn out ok. If it is cancer - it is not a death sentence -fight it and win.