Free to Breathe Survivor Spotlight: Angie Funk

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Mother’s Day 2009 was a beautiful and wonderful day and I felt great.  Little did I know that within a week, I would go from being a healthy, strong and vibrant person to someone given a 5% chance of survival.

What changed?  I was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer, a rare type of lung cancer that is very aggressive and has devastating odds. The next thing I knew, I was sicker than I had ever been and hospital bound. It happened that quickly.

Treatment was a long hard road for me yet here I am, six years later, in remission:  happy, strong, vibrant, and healthy once again. I was given strength and hope through faith, friends, my family and most of all, my daughter.

I’m sure there are some of you reading this post who have been recently diagnosed or have loved ones in treatment. To all of you I want to say, I am still standing here today, and that is proof that there is hope.

I know there are so many, too many of you, who have lost loved ones through lung cancer, but I can only hope that their memory will keep you strong and give you the strength to keep fighting this disease.

Research has come so far, even since I was diagnosed 6 years ago. This includes finding more factors that stimulate lung cancer. We can’t just blame cigarettes any more.  We know now radon, asbestos, genetics and sometimes just plain bad luck contribute to this disease.

We have come a long way and researchers are finding more and more advanced treatments to help people like me.  If we continue to work together to fund their research, someday researchers will find a cure or eliminate the disease all together. We can’t give up.

We are all here together for the same fight. In this fight not a single one of us fights alone!