Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Day 11: Kelly Shannon, Survivor. "We need to show the world who we are"

Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Day 11: Kelly Shannon, survivor
"We need to show the world who we are."

Nearly 4 years ago, Kelly Shannon was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma with the KRAS mutation (more commonly associated with people who have smoked). Kelly was a 35 year old non-smoker when she was diagnosed in January 2012, and since then has endured numerous types of treatments from traditional chemo to 2 separate clinical trials. There aren't many options for someone with the KRAS mutation, as there are with and EGFR or ROS-1 mutations. She is now a 39 year old single mother raising two children, ages 5 and 7, while jumping from treatment to treatment in order to buy time for a KRAS treatment to come out.
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