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Kelly Keesling #TeamKK


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Please join me in supporting the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina!

In December 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. Yes, stage 4. The worst one. I have never smoked (not even once) or worked in an environment that had fumes - so for the first month of "just having a cough," the doctors told me that I had pneumonia. Well, it turns out that I have "the other type" of lung cancer, which is actually caused by a mutation (yes, I am a mutant) - nothing that I did or anyone else did caused it. It just happened.

Lung cancer is hard to detect because the symptoms mimic other, minor illnesses. So by the time it is diagnosed, it has usually progressed to stage 4. In my case, stage 4 means that the cancer is not only in my lung, but it is in my liver and lymph nodes and other places as well.

For the past year, I have gone through tests and scans, chemo that worked for a short time (and made my hair fall out...), I've tried immunotherapy and targeted therapy (one worked for a few months, the other made the cancer in my lung much worse), and now I am on a different chemo drug that has been working to reduce the tumors!

Everyone's cancer is different and everyone responds differently, so it's a trial and error and the more options we have, the better. These therapies could work for months or years. Fortunately, I still have a lot of options because I am healthy (besides the lung cancer thing, of course lol), I am still young, I am stubborn and a fighter, I am also positive, have faith, and have the best group of supporters and encouragers EVER. I have prayer warriors all over the world - it's been an incredible year full of BLESSINGS. (Yes, you heard that right!) If you want to know more about my story, please check out my blog: dontstopbelievingkk.wordpress.com.

The money you give to support me and my team for this walk goes to the Lung Cancer Initiative and to more research and education.

This will be the second year that I walk in the LUNGE forward 5K - and I would love for you to join my team! But even if you can't be here on May 20, please consider donating to this worthy cause!
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