Friday, September 7, 2012

pre-geezer lung cancer

At 61, anything that makes me statistically younger catches my attention such as reading that the average age of a person receiving a lung cancer diagnosis is 71. Especially since every 'survivor' I have met or talked to is younger than me with the exception of one aunt.  

Of the 'survivors' who share their stories on line most are definitely youngens.

Most of the noise, most of the justifiable outrage, and undoubtedly most of the use of and familiarity with ‘social media’ from blogs to Facebook to Twitter is obviously dominated by youngens.

I cannot even imagine if a diagnosis of lung cancer had entered my world during those invincible decades of my 20’s and 30’s and 40’s. My heart goes out to all the youngens and their families facing life altering diagnoses.

Yet as a young geezer 'surviving' with lung cancer I am finding it a different story, a different odyssey. Our daughter is a young adult not a child. I do not have to build in the childhood anxieties of is Mom or Dad going to die with everything else. 

There is no ‘will my lung cancer affect our marriage’ to worry about. My wife Patti cannot even remember my diagnosis due to her Multiple Sclerosis dementia like symptoms.

If I do not remind her, well then I do not have it – perhaps this logic is even more common as I progress from pre-geezer to full geezer.

It’s a diagnostic mutation of that old question does a tree make a noise if it falls in the woods.

Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. congratulations that you are indeed a cancer survivor! And until I read your title line, I had not even thought about being 'pre-geezer'! My youngun is now 34 years old. Age-wise, my husband and I both are in pre-geezer category. We've had the talk about what we want done if either of us becomes incapacitated and unable to care for oneself. We looked at family history, so I'm probably going to die from a heart attack or suffer a stroke, and he's going to live on with Alzheimers. (That is, if either of us doesn't get the dreaded cancer first). At least he won't know I'm gone after awhile.

    We making healthier choices in our lifestyle, eating habits have changed, exercise routines are important, spiritual/mental health VERY important.

    May you continue to be cancer free, Patrick, and may all your doctor appointments reveal a healthy, albeit aging body. Aging CAN be beautiful!

  2. Hey Bea! Interesting combo you picked as in their early 80's my Aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer and my Uncle (my Mom's brother) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. My Uncle died but my Aunt last year celebrated her 5 yr survivor mark.