- Lived in Florida with his wife of 31 years, Deborah
- Enjoyed playing games
- Gave back through talking with different groups and individuals on Facebook
Marc’s Journey With Cancer
- Diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma in 2011 with the KRAS mutation
- Multiple chemotherapy treatments
- Multiple radiation therapy treatments
- Targeted therapy
From Marc’s Perspective
“To say that my diagnosis was overwhelming is an understatement.
I had no clue; I hadn't really been around too many people in my life that were on chemo. One thing I did find soon after my diagnosis was that researching on the internet and looking at statistics is not the best thing to do. Looking at these statistics will only bring you down, and I realized that I'm a person that's going to help make the new statistics.
I want to beat those odds, even if it's only by one day to show that it can happen. I want to show that we can live longer than what the statistics say.
The best advice I can give is to keep a positive attitude.
The power of positive thinking is a huge benefit for anybody with disease—not just cancer. The more you think about being positive, eventually it'll just start to happen without you thinking about it.
I also tell everybody they need to get into a support group, whether they think they do or not, they should. If I can go to somebody who's been surviving five, six years and has been through three or four cycles of chemo and radiation therapy, and they can tell you how they feel and what they've done, that's probably the best help that you can get.
Number one, don't feel sorry for yourself. Don't play the ‘Why me’ game.
Number two, get involved in your treatment and what's going to happen. Look for trials and different things for your specific mutations of your disease. Get as proactive as possible instead of burying your head in the sand.
Bring it up, and stick it up high and say, ‘Hey, I've got lung cancer but I'm going to beat this for as long as I can.’”