Janine Thompson

Janine Thompson, MEd., GRACE Community Outreach Team

Janine taught school from 1991 to 2012. She was a special education instructor, advisor and life coach at The Horizons School for young adults in Birmingham, AL for 12 years. Janine also taught as the assistant teacher in Group 5 (4th/5th grade) at the Westland School in Los Angeles, CA. Janine earned a Master of Education and state teacher certification from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1991. Janine’s husband, Don was diagnosed with a pancoast tumor of squamous NSCLC in 2009. After curative doses of concurrent chemo and radiation a tumor on the spine then months later a tumor in the other lung was found but biopsies were undiagnosable and treatments continued until 2012. As of today, Don is NED and living life. Janine began visiting the Grace website in 2009 seeking information about her husband’s disease and hasn’t yet left because she understands the important link the forum makes between information and the individual.

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GRACE is celebrating our 10th year!

In recognition, we would like to introduce you to the staff and board members who are so deeply involved in bringing GRACE to life. In this video, we introduce Janine Thompson.

Dr. H. Jack West and the GRACE community have been helping each other since before that time but in this 10th year as a non-profit, we are pleased and humbled by the feedback and graciousness of those we have the pleasure to work with, and those who have found help and support through our GRACE site.

Forum Discussions

Original post date: 2023-05-31

Good morning :)


I want to share our newest Case Based Panel Discussions videos covering Stage I-IV) with the forum.  Most of you probably know that oncologists see each case as an individual

Last Activity: Wed, 05/31/2023 - 09:42
Original post date: 2023-05-21

Good afternoon :)

Applications are now open to be a part of the 2023-24 Patient Perspectives Program - Clinical Trials Experiences Through Storytelling.

Follow this link to learn more about

Last Activity: Sun, 05/21/2023 - 10:55
Original post date: 2023-04-30

If you've been diagnosed with nsclc then biomarker testing is a subject about which you should know. The links below come from our 2022 targeted therapies forum.


Advantages of next generation

Last Activity: Sun, 04/30/2023 - 17:35
Original post date: 2023-04-30

Below are patient advocate info links that you may have missed.  They were recorded during our targeted therapies forum but these pieces are valuable to anyone. 


Nutrition during cancer

Last Activity: Sun, 04/30/2023 - 16:14
Original post date: 2023-03-31

Find GTranslate located in the top right corner of every page and select your language.  The page will automatically translate.


As our name implies, The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer

Last Activity: Thu, 04/06/2023 - 16:01


Post Date: 2023-05-16

Hi Tammy,  Welome to Grace.  I'm sorry your husband...and you are going through this.  I'm sorry I

Post Date: 2023-05-12

Hi Caregiver and welcome to Grace.  I'm sorry that you need to be here and hope we can help. 

Post Date: 2023-05-02

Hi Bob, Welcome to Grace.  I'm sorry about your sil.  Unfortunately, cancer becomes resistant to

Post Date: 2023-04-17
Original Post: Ischial body

Hi Kimberly, Welcome to Grace.  I'm sorry you are here and glad you've found us. 


It sounds

Post Date: 2023-04-06

Hi Zoe90,


There are too many times when there are no cut and dry answers to our questions.