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Video: Tagrisso and Our Story

Tagrisso Video

I’m doing double duty this month during the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Here at Facing Cancer with Grace, I will focus on caregiving. I’ll also be doing the challenge at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, where I will share ways to increase your creativity. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites. While you’re here, sign up for my email list. Today’s post is V for Video. I will be sharing the videos we taped to share how Tagrisso helped my husband and I have more time together.


In 2015, Dan began coughing frequently. Soon he was struggling to breathe. It soon became clear that the treatment he was on was no longer working. After being tested for genetic mutations, we learned that Tagrisso was a treatment option for Dan. Within a couple of weeks on the drug, he was breathing freely. The amazing thing was that unlike other treatments, he didn’t have a lot of side effects on Tagrisso. Soon, we were living life again!

Making a Video*

In November 2017 we were invited to share our story in video form. I really appreciated the integrity of the videos. They really stayed true to our story and our experience with Tagrisso. It’s so important to be tested for genetic mutations to learn what treatments are a good fit for you.

Check out one of our videos by clicking this link:

Video of Our Story and Tagrisso: A Promise KeptMaking a Video

We Flew out to Richmond Virginia to share our story of how Tagrisso helped us live life as close to normal as possible, despite Dan’s cancer. When Dan and I got married, he promised that we would go on a date every week. I said it would be okay if we couldn’t sometimes, but he was determined to keep the romance alive by having a weekly date night. Making a video about our experience with Tagrisso was no different. We went out for a night of music and ice cream. They made a video of it all, as well as our story, told from each of our perspectives. It was fun to have a behind the scenes look at making a video.



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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on

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6 comments on “Video: Tagrisso and Our Story

Liz A.

How was it making a video? Lots of people are doing that nowadays. (Alas, I’m not in a place where I can watch it 🙁


Hi Liz. It was awesome. The crew as production company, as well as everyone else involved, treated us so well. And the process was great. They made our story come alive in film.


What a powerful video. It’s hard to imagine that cogent, vibrant husband is in danger of his life. My heart goes out to you.


Thank you, Jacqui. It is so hard to see him go through this. Sometimes we just need to put one foot in front of the other and revel in the good times when they come. This summer He will be off of all treatment. He will try to get strong again and then hopefully be part of trial at the Mayo Clinic.


Great videos, Heather. They did a nice job mixing bits from your daily lives. It was generous of you and Dan to do them and share your story. Such a difficult journey you have been on together. I wanted to reach out and give you a hug.
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Thank you, Emily. It was very special to see our story this way. They really honored it.


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