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How Lung Cancer Caregivers Navigate Self-Care and Hope

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An estimated 235,760 adults will get diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and behind many of these scary diagnoses, a wife, husband, child, parent or friend is thrust into the role of caregiver.

For Michelle Underwood, it was easier to see the line between “wife” and “caregiver” in the early stages of her husband’s non-small cell lung cancer diagnosis, but as his disease progressed, these lines became blurred.

Her husband was 30 years old at the time of his diagnosis, which came only six months after the birth of their first child. Underwood took an active role in her husband’s care, accompanying him to every appointment, conducting follow-up research, tracking his medications and sometimes being his voice in appointments when he was too

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