“That’s like the first thing out of people’s mouths when I tell them I have lung cancer,” said Greco, who is living with and dying from lung cancer.
The 43-year-old Wilton mother of two young boys participated in the Free to Breathe Walk for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in Lake George on Oct. 13. The rainy walk raised more than $35,000 for lung cancer research.
But that’s not nearly enough, said Greco, who now has stage 4, terminal lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in America, according to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. It kills 433 people every day. It kills more than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer combined. And no one is talking about it.
Greco was driving her son home from his ski lesson at Willard Mountain on Feb. 8, 2015, when they were forced off the road by a car in her lane. She avoided the head-on collision but ended up hitting a snow bank.
She and her son suffered concussions. After a trauma scan, the hospital saw something more troubling.
“The physician assistant comes in and goes, ‘We don’t really see anything related to the car accident, but you might want to get that mass checked out in your lung,’ ” Greco said.
Since Greco had no symptoms and was a generally healthy 40-year-old woman, doctors downplayed the mass and suggested she follow up with her primary care physician.
When her physician looked at her report from the hospital, she confirmed Greco had a 3.75-centimeter mass in her lung. She scheduled more tests.
Greco had two more biopsies. One left her coughing up blood from her blood-filled lung. She had to leave her Albany law firm for the emergency room, where she was misdiagnosed with a heart problem and prepped for heart surgery.