About Emily:

  • Lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs
  • Loves being outdoors and traveling
  • Enjoys Pilates and meditation

Emily’s Journey With Cancer

  • Diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma in 2012
  • Chemo, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery in February 2013, and post-operative radiation therapy
  • Now, two years NED (no evidence of disease)

From Emily’s Perspective

“I think being faced with your own mortality at age 28 is kind of eye-opening and it makes you more receptive to all the little things around you that are good. I think that my emotions are a little bit more focused, and I focus more on what's important. I've always been a positive person, but after this I feel that I'm even more positive, because I want to soak up everything and enjoy the life that I've been given.

My husband and I had a little time to process things after my diagnosis. I had two biopsies in the beginning, so that we would have enough tissue samples to send out for genetic testing. In the meantime, we were able to come to terms with everything.

By the time it was time to start chemo, I was ready. I wanted the chemotherapy inside of me, and I wanted to kill the cancer and attack it. I felt mentally ready.

In the time between diagnosis and starting cancer treatment, we were able to do fertility treatment, which I feel is a very important thing that not a lot of women living with lung cancer are told because the statistics for survival are so low.

But I think with the rise in young lung cancer patients, that's going to be changing and we need to be giving these women advice on preserving any fertility that they might have left. I was fortunate enough to have several people tell me I need to look into this, and I'm thankful we had the time to do it.

Always make sure that you're getting enough information so that you feel comfortable. Even if three doctors are telling you something different, at least you know that different options are available, and you can move forward with whatever option feels best to you.”