I am no stranger to scans. You name ‘em, I’ve had them. They will now and forever be a part of my life. In the 10 years since diagnosis, I have had more scans than I can count and being in a clinical trial has increased the number exponentially, so I have gotten used to sacrificing my days to diagnostics. However, in the beginning, the time leading up to and following a scan wasn’t always handled with such grace. I can remember the period just following chemotherapy. Each and every scan and the time spent waiting for results was painful and caused me so much stress.
So much depended on the result of each scan, I psyched myself out every time. In the days leading up to a scan my anxiety was through the roof; I was agitated and on edge, any- and everything could set me off. It remained this way until I learned a couple of coping strategies. I also shared how I was feeling with others and discovered that I wasn’t alone, that many others felt the same as I did. Once I identified why I was so anxious, I was able to acknowledge my fears and face them. My greatest fear in the beginning was that I would experience a recurrence, having survived my first. But now, I can put scans and their subsequent results into perspective and tackle each step as it comes.
Anne Marie passed away in October 2021. Since her diagnosis in 2009, Anne Marie was a dedicated advocate for those living with lung cancer, and for young adults with cancer.
Many have found inspiration in Anne Marie’s story, and her input to the Younity patient support programme has undoubtedly impacted the lives of countless individuals living with lung cancer. We are extremely grateful to Anne Marie for her contributions to this programme and to the lung cancer community more widely.