Intro / My Story

Get ready to Give It Your All

I wrote this guide to help cancer patients, and their family, friends and caregivers, through their very difficult time after diagnosis. This information will help whether you just got hit with the devastating news or you are an already diagnosed patient who wants to learn more about what you can do to help yourself.

My primary goal is to help you to get the best outcome possible for your situation. I want to provide you with insights into what I have learned in the last 14+ years as a person with stage 4 lung cancer, and pass it on to help others who could potentially benefit from this information.

I believe the information in this Give It Your All site will increase the probability of your getting more years with a better quality of life. The more time you can have with your family, friends, and even strangers, the more you will appreciate every day of your life!

One thing I have learned is that there is no one magic bullet that can solve everything. There are, however, many things you can do to help beat or contain this disease for many years.

Updated (9-30-2019) Cancer is a very complicated disease. I cannot possibly hope to cover every type of cancer, or every treatment plan, or every special circumstance, but I will try to educate patients on available options and technologies which are there for them. There are times where some of the specific info in this document may not be applicable for some unique cancers.  However, the techniques I discuss should be applicable to the majority of cancer types.

At times, some doctors either are not aware of all the options, or only give you options available at their institution. The advancements in cancer are extremely difficult for any one doctor to be 100% up to date and knowledgeable about.  My task here is to look beyond one doctor and one institution and try to help patients do what is right for their unique/personal situation and what would help them the most. I am an not an expert in this field.  I just want to share things I have learned thus far to help others.

Special note for Caregivers: Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Your role in helping your loved one is so critically important.  Most patients when diagnosed are struggling with the shock, physical and mental issues, as well as what to do next.  This is too much burden for anyone to go it alone.  Although sometimes it may not be said out loud, but you are helping tremendously in the care for your loved one. Keep up the great work!

Try not to get overwhelmed by what you read. Just take it piece by piece for your own areas of questions and/or concerns. I believe this information will help guide you to the Give it Your All approach I speak about — using education to help you do everything you can for a better outcome.

Note: all Bold and Blue texts are hyperlinks for more detail on that particular topic. After you finish reading that site’s information, you can close that site’s window. You should then be back on this site where you left off.

My Story:

Updated (10-07-2019)  Here is a short clip I did on our local ABC station describing why I created this site.  Video link

I have been battling stage 4 lung cancer (non-smoker) for the last 14+ years.

When I was originally diagnosed in May of 2005, I had no idea where to begin. My prognosis, as given to me by the physician, gave me only 3-6 months to live. Obviously, I was devastated and frightened. It would have been great if someone, or an institution, could have helped me by sharing the detailed information included in this site.

Give It Your All is my way of filling that gap.

During my last 14 years I have helped many people. But due to the timing of when I got involved, this info has either helped them tremendously, or if I got involved too late, did not help them at all. This bothers me immensely.

After my recent experience when I got involved too late, my son suggested for me to put my perspective and knowledge down in writing … and then send it to as many people I know ahead of time, before it would be too late to help.  He was right.

Please be aware that I am not a doctor. I am an engineering and IT guy, fighting stage 4 lung cancer like it is a manageable disease. My information here is not 100% complete or 100% accurate. But it is my honest advice. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s opinion, or to be used to make a diagnosis or to recommend a specific treatment plan.

For more details about my personal story, I have included an article from Coping magazine in the Addendum.

As you read through the following pages, I may have been somewhat harsh on doctors not keeping up with new data, methods and technologies. But in their defense, the insurance industry has made it extremely difficult to spend as much time with their patients as they would like, as well as keeping up with the scientific discoveries and new technologies happening now. There are some great doctors doing the best they can in this environment. But be aware there are also average doctors and weak doctors. Make sure you search for the great doctors.

Lastly, you can do whatever you would like with this information. Use it today with someone who needs help, or save the link for the day you, or your loved ones may need it … or just exit this site if you don’t want to be bothered by this stuff. But, at least I have done everything that I could possibly do to try to help you, or someone you care about. I don’t want to realize I could have helped someone more, if only I had reached out to them sooner. So here it is.

Please feel free to contact me in the Feedback Tab with any questions, comments, or improvements.

Thank you,

Joseph (Joe) Liguori

Dedication: I would like to dedicate this site to my dearest cousin and best friend Don Guerra. Don passed on 13 Dec 2018.  He, and my other dearest cousin Maryann Guerra were both instrumental in helping me during my darkest hours in 2005.  I can never thank them enough.

 

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