Survivor: Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer

Cancer does not run in my family, so when I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in September 2016, it came as a complete shock. I was a healthy and active 38-year-old wife and the mother of two young girls. Since then, I’ve learned that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. I’ve also learned how important it is to find a doctor and a medical team that you trust. I wanted people around me who were committed to finding a cure for my disease through research. And I found that at MD Anderson. My lung cancer symptoms I had very few symptoms before my lung cancer diagnosis. I felt some pressure in my chest, but I assumed it was related to stress due to a recent move. I thought returning to a regular fitness routine would help me feel better. I went for a jog in my new neighborhood and to my surprise, I felt unusually out of breath. I assumed that I had a virus, or possibly walking pneumonia, so I went to a local walk-in clinic. The doctor there took an X-ray of my chest and told me I had a collapsed lung and needed to go to an emergency room right away. I spent four days in the hospital, where I underwent tests and had fluid drained from around my left lung. I was told I most likely had ovarian cancer, due to an enlarged cyst on one of my ovaries. (We found out later that its size was within the normal range and had nothing to do with my symptoms.) My husband and...