One day you feel a chill. The chills feel like #@*! Your first thought, at this moment in time, is coronavirus. Do I have Covid-19?
Following a barrage of tests, scans, procedures, poking and prodding your body for blood and trying to find out what is happening inside your body, finally there’s a diagnosis. The doctors’ report to you that you have cancer—stage 4 lung cancer. Your thoughts may be: ‘Perhaps I would have preferred to have Covid-19.’ Nonetheless, “I had stage 4 lung cancer,” said Rev. Enoch Fuzz. “What is this?”
Rev. Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, continues to be admitted, released and readmitted into the hospital. Between being at home, with caretakers, Centennial Medical Center and Nashville General Hospital, he is determined to see this through until he is cured. To date, Fuzz was seen at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in the Tri Star Centennial Clinic. Under the care of Dr. David Spigel, he was given his first chemo pill, Capmatinib, on July 7.
“The doctor believes I will be 100% cancer-free in time,” Fuzz said. As he rested one night, again in Nashville Metro General Hospital, he had an assurance of dedication from his doctor, Rachel Thomas, M.D., as she sees him through his journey.
Cancer diagnosis looks like the following:
Stage 1 means that cancer may be present in the lung tissue but the lymph nodes are not affected.
Stage 2 means that cancer may have spread to nearby lymph nodes or into the chest wall.
Stage 3 means that cancer is continuing to spread from the lungs to the lymph nodes or to nearby structures and organs such as the heart, trachea and esophagus.
Stage 4 lung cancer is also known as a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—the most advanced form of cancer. At this stage, the cancer has metastasized, or spread, beyond the lungs into other areas of the body. Nearly half of the patients diagnosed with cancer are diagnosed at stage 4 and are diagnosed with an approximate 10% five-year survival rate.
Common treatments consist of chemotherapy and sometimes immunotherapy as a secondary approach, along with other therapies to ease the symptoms for an improvement in the quality of life.
While Rev. Enoch Fuzz shares his journey, he continues to ask for prayers. Many people want to help. Prayer is the one thing that everyone can do to help in his situation. He believes in the hope of a cure, and those who believe with him should answer with this scripture: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus,” Revelation 22:21 (NIV).