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Linda W :

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I never smoked so it took two years to find a medical facility that could detect a tumor in my lung. Local doctors thought because I never smoked, was athletic and looked great, I did not need a chest X-Ray for a choking cough that did not go away!

Two years later, during my flight physical at Mayo Clinic, a CT scan revealed a 3cm tumor in my left lung. VATS surgery saved my life!!!

My life was saved with proper diagnosis, screening and surgery. I run and climb and advocate for lung cancer awareness and research so lives can be saved. I just summited Africa's Mt Kilimanjaro 19,340 feet to prove that with proper diagnosis and proper treatment you can reach new heights!

Thank you American Lung Association for taking a stand against lung cancer, for raising awareness and advocating so that lives can be saved and stigma can be broken.

First Published: 10/26/2016 9:10:00 AM

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