(BPT) - On Christmas morning 2017, while lugging his children’s new gift – a 16-foot trampoline – up the basement steps, Wayne hurt his back. He had a history of back problems due to osteoporosis, but this time the pain was worse. Wayne woke up the next morning to even more pain and knew he had to go to the hospital. X-rays detected five fractures, as well as a mass in Wayne’s left lung. Doctors ran additional tests, including a biopsy of the mass. The results confirmed a diagnosis of Stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer.
“When I heard the news, I was really frightened. I thought it was the end of my life,” Wayne recalls. “I know that Stage 4 cancer is considered the most advanced stage, and here I was with Stage 3. I didn’t think I was going to make it.”