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What Jayne Knows for Sure

  • November 12 2014

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    What Jayne Knows for Sure
    Jayne and her husband Tom pose for a photo at the St. Louis Free to Breathe Run/Walk.
     
    Jayne Cioni, a lung cancer survivor who was involved with our St. Louis Free to Breathe Run/Walk this September, shares her story in the third installment of our Lung Cancer Awareness Month Blog Series.

     


    There’s a book written by Oprah Winfrey titled, “What I Know for Sure.”  It made me wonder – what do I, Jayne Cioni, know for sure?

    I know for sure that I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer 8 months ago.  My family and I were in complete shock.  I was a 57 year old, non-smoking woman in generally good health with absolutely no family history of cancer.

    I know for sure this beast has affected many people reading this story.  After all, 1 in 3 people in the United States knows someone affected by lung cancer.  My story is no more or less inspirational than other survivors. We have all had to learn more than we ever imagined about lung cancer.

    I know for sure that I have experienced some positive “side effects” from this disease. Friendships have been renewed and strained relationships repaired.  I have a new appreciation for each day.  I try not to sweat the small stuff and even some of the bigger stuff. 

    We are all ants on a sidewalk, but people with cancer can see the foot.  My advice? Slow down, go out for lunch, be kind, and live each day with limitless joy.

    I know for sure that I get my strength from the endless support of my family and friends.  I have even experience kindness from people I’ve never met.  I received a card the other day that said in part, “I know you don’t know me, but I’ve been thinking of you a lot.  I wanted you to know I’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so, unless you wish me not to.”

    I know there are days when I cry and scream WHY ME, but I know for sure the real question is, why anyone?  My oncologist, Dr. Govindan, assures me that, with continued research and funding, lung cancer can and will be classified as a chronic disease in 10-15 years.  It will be a treatable condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.

    This won’t happen without research. We must commit to funding research that will help change the future of lung cancer.

    This way, we will all know for sure that together we can reach the goal of doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

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  1. Pete Nixon 10:09am, 11/12/2014

    I’ve had two operations for stage ,1 lung cancer 1st November 2013..2nd June2014.1/2.lung taken on left side 2nd right lung nogel on outer wall now I have new outlook on life pray more to God worry less I take b17 heard so much about all read up on this Bless you all good luck still go every 90 days for pet scan

  2. Claire Cioni 05:13pm, 11/16/2014

    What I know for sure - my mom is pretty awesome.

  3. Jane Cioni 12:47am, 11/25/2014

    I know for sure,  I want to help beat this beast!

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