Kim Verlin

What impact has NEC had on your life?

I was diagnosed with high grade Neuroendocrine Carcinoma with a lung primary and brain mets the Friday before Christmas 2016 (NEC is a type of very fast growing neuroendocrine tumour, grade 3b). My prognosis was six months. I had to quit my job on the spot – I had to start whole brain radiation immediately, followed by 8 rounds of chemo. I’m not allowed to drive because of the risk that I have a seizure. I have a lot of fatigue. The silver lining is that I’ve had a lot of time to travel and spend time making memories with my loved ones.

 What has been most helpful to you in your NEC experience?

The unwavering support of my husband, and Kate, our fabulous nurse. It’s a complicated illness that impacts everyone in a different way.

What advice would you give to a newly diagnosed patient?

  • Get copies of all your scans and medical reports as this will help with your doctors as well as insurance 
  • There are no stupid questions
  • Take everything one day at a time

 

(see pic of me below at the Peter Mac resort)

Patient Stories

Birgitte, South Australia

I have fully recovered from the surgery recovering and feeling terrific, and I hardly think about my NET. I am extremely grateful for the early diagnosis, that Australia invests in free bowel screening tests, and that we have excellent medical staff, facilities and treatments. I’m the happiest I have ever been in my life.

Doreen, Western Australia

Through attending NET meetings at FSH I was made more aware of NETS and found friendship and understanding from all who attended plus I had found a ‘home’ where others understood. 

Jackie, NSW

Contact Neuroendocrine Cancer Australia – my Go-To Place for detailed, factual, accessible information about Neuroendocrine Cancer – and for information to pass on to family and to medical professionals.

David Lockwood

I have Neuroendocrine cancer. No one should feel alone and this is my #CancerKindness story.