Lung Cancer Survivor

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Lori Monroe was diagnosed with lung cancer when she was 42 years old. She says the hardest part was telling her two daughters.

"Really there's no guidebook on how you tell your children you've got a deadly disease. I thought that the truth would be the best approach. I though that knowing the truth would be bad enough. But not know ing would be worse."

Monroe's daughter, Emily, was thirteen at the time. Monroe says Emily went up to her room and practiced playing her cello and violin after learning the news about her mother's cancer.

Monroe's youngest daughter, Allison, was 10 when she found out.

"She asked the hard questions. She would say, Are you going to die? And how long do you have? Which was very, very hard because we were given a poor prognosis of 6 to 8 months."

Three and a half years after that prognosis, Monroe is still alive and there is no sign of cancer in her body. Monroe fought the cancer with surgery and chemotherapy.

After hearing about Peter Jennings fight with lung cancer she's now trying to get the word out about lung cancer.

"I want people to know that first of all lung cancer is survivable, that it doesn't necessarily mean that it's the end of the road or that a death sentence is around the corner."

Monroe says public awareness about lung cancer is key.

"Even though it claims more lives than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined every year lung cancer takes more lives than those cancers, receives less funding that any of those."

Last summer the Wall Street Journal covered Monroe's story about lung cancer survival. That article won a Pulitzer Prize.

When Monroe heard about Peter Jennings battle with cancer, she contacted WBKO to get the word out about lung cancer. Monroe has since emailed Jennings giving him encouragement as he fights the disease.

For more information on lung cancer and support groups visit www.lungcanceronline.org and www.lungcancer.org.


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