Laura D.

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My doctor asked if I wanted to do the low-dose screening and I said yes. The scan wasn’t intimidating at all, in fact I never thought there would be anything wrong at all. Because they caught the cancer in its early stages, and when it was so small that I only lost half of my lung, but it saved my life.

My cancer was found very early, it was only 3 to 5 millimeters in size. There is no way to explain what it feels like to be a survivor in words. Sometimes I feel like I cheated death and sometimes I feel guilty because I didn’t have to go through chemo or radiation like others do. I’m grateful everyday that I can wake up happy and healthy and be with my family. Anyone who has ever smoked should do the screening. It’s easy, painless and could possibly save your life like it did mine.

First published: July 16, 2019