About Me

Aside from being someone living with stage IV lung cancer, who else am I?

Photo by Edda Photography

Mom to three delightful kiddos

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Married to my best friend

Photo by Meriah Sage

A director and teaching artist

My husband and I are in the process of opening our dream business, Pointless Brewery & Theatre. Read more in A Pointless Story.

Photo by Edda Photography

I am also a regular contributor at CURE Magazine.





Wondering why I decided to share this journey? 

Read "100th Post! or Why Do I Blog?"


Articles and Videos About My Lung Cancer Experience

The Stigma of Lung Cancer

When cancer is a side effect of cancer

Cancer diagnosis won't stop Ann Arbor couple from opening brewery, theater

Slideshow: Faces of lung cancer

"I'm realizing a dream!"

| The Parents Perspective

Lung Cancer for Nonsmokers Still Stained by Stigma - NBC News

Ann Arbor woman battling stage 4 lung cancer: 'I beat cancer today, I can beat it tomorrow'

A Strange Place to Live In

Other Places I Have Written or Spoken

| The Parents Perspective

A Survivor Story: Tori Tomalia

A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer

Letter: Pink fades to white - Support for lung cancer research is lacking

You can reach me at lungcancerblogger at gmail dot com


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Unknown said...

Please know that you are admired and loved by a lot of people. We love you!

Anonymous said...

Do you know my friend Kim Weineke? She has your same brand of cancer. And is doing well in that stage IV hellish way. Anyway, email me if you want to get connected. She is not quite as old as you. Marcy@rop.org

warmly, marcy

Lil-Lytnin said...

Wow, thank you! <3

Lil-Lytnin said...

Yes, in fact it was through her blog that I found yours! Thanks for looking to connect us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tori,

My name is Kathleen Engel and I am an editor at Health Monitor Network in Montvale, NJ. My company publishes guides on various health conditions that are distributed free to patients through doctors' offices. (You can see our site at healthmonitor.com.)

I would love to do a profile on you. If you'll send me an email address, I'd be happy to send you a PDF or two of our guides, so you can know what these look like.

Thanks, Tori. I do hope to hear from you.


Kathleen Engel
Editor, Health Monitor Network

Unknown said...

Hi Tori,

I saw you on the news today. You're an incredible and brave person. I hope you're doing well and I hope you know how many people you've inspired and brought hope to by being as strong as you are.

Kristen Radley

Lil-Lytnin said...

Kristen, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm not really doing anything special, just trying to live life.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tori,

I read your blog and wanted to reach-out to see whether you would be open to a brief interview for Thought Catalog? I was moved by your resilience in the face of your disease and would love to include your voice in the article I’m writing on recent advances in lung cancer research thanks to immunotherapy. Your perspective would ground the piece in real-life experience, and would raise awareness around the importance of furthering cancer research.

I can be reached at atmoshiri@gmail.com.

Thanks so much,

Susanta said...

Hello Tori,

I found your blog looking for advice and insights on lung cancer. Reading your blog, I know you're an incredibly brave person. I'm from India and I lost my father to lung cancer earlier this year. He was suffering from mediastinal tumor and at stage four. I know how important it is to document one's journey to others can draw inspirations and learn from a wide range of perspectives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for you're doing such a wonderful job and becoming the paragon of grit and inspiration.

Lil-Lytnin said...

Susanta, you are too kind. I am only doing my best to live as full a life as I can. Reading other people's journeys has been vital to me, and so I am glad to offer that same sort of comfort to others. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.

Unknown said...

Hi! I love your blog! I am currently beginning a project in which I compile the stories of female cancer patients and educate the students of my high school about the more personal aspects of cancer. This is for my Girl Scout Gold Award project. I’d really like to go into further detail over email. Could you email me and let me know if you would like to be a part of this? Thank you so much for having such an amazing and inspiring blog. My email is ella13burch@gmail.com. Thank you!