A Panic Attack Saved my Life

I was diagnosed with lung cancer February, 2004.

Posing with my family in 2004 at my cancer benefit.
Posing with my family in 2004 at my cancer benefit. | Source

Anxiety was my biggest symptom of lung cancer

Many of you may already know I'm a lung cancer survivor after sharing it with my wonderful writing family. I've often been asked how I figured out I had it, because there is usually no symptoms until it is too late. I was one of the lucky ones that found out in time to save my life. Here is my story...

When I started to notice symptoms

It was the beginning of February 2004 when things started to get weird. My anxiety was off the charts and I ended up in the emergency room a couple different times. The first trip to ER, they gave me something to calm down and help me sleep. A week prior to this hospital stay, I was anxious, wasn't sleeping, and pacing. I couldn't, for the life of me, sit down and relax. Finally, my family couldn't watch me suffer anymore. My older brother (Bless his soul) drove me to the nearest emergency Room around 2 A.M. When the medication they gave me finally kicked in, (it took a while)I slept for the next 18+ hours. Upon discharge from this episode, the Dr. referred me to see a psychiatrist to find out what was going on. I must say, I wasn't real surprised by the diagnosis, which was "anxiety" and "depression." This first trip to ER and the extreme anxiety I had been struggling with the past couple of weeks, was all part of a puzzle that would soon reveal itself. Read on...

It had been about a week since my scary trip to ER. I wasn't pacing anymore and was sleeping pretty normal since starting the anti-depressant. I felt like things were starting to look up, which I welcomed this with open arms.

Anxiety brings me back to ER

It was the third week in February, and things on this particular day seemed pretty normal. It was about 7 P.M. and I was relaxing on my couch, watching a Minnesota Twins baseball game. I made myself one of my favorite snacks; celery with cream cheese. From out of nowhere it seemed, came a blast of that frightening anxiety. I stood up and walked around my apartment. I tried some calming techniques so the anxiety wouldn't build. I was doing some positive self-talk, rubbing my feet into the floor to ground me, and trying to focus on the baseball game on t.v. Nothing was working, and my anxiety started getting worse. I was now having heart palpitations and other unsettling symptoms. I was convinced I was having a heart attack. What do I do when I think I'm having a heart attack? I call my best friend and twin sister. History repeating itself, I dialed her number and said, "Laura, can you bring me to ER, I think I'm having a heart attack." God Bless her never ending patience. I had experienced episodes like this in the past, which always turned out to be bouts of anxiety. She picked me up at my apartment and drove me straight to ER. I adamantly told the triage team, I was sure I was having a heart attack, and needed immediate medical attention. The normal procedure to assess for this:: X-Ray and Electrocardiogram. Laura and I are waited for word on my test results. If you've never experienced deeply connected twins, waiting on test results, I can tell you, it wasn't pretty. I'm sure we looked like two insane women, hugging, and holding on for dear life. Finally, here comes the doctor with the results...

Doctor tells me curious results from x-ray

Noticing my sister and I were coming unglued, the woman doctor spoke in a calm and comforting manner. She told me that my electrocardiogram looked great and I had not suffered from a heart attack. I gave a big sigh of relief and prepared to hear what I have heard in the past; that It was a panic attack or extreme anxiety. Instead, she said the x-ray revealed a spot on my right lung. l was confused, and asked her what she thought it could be. She explained that in Minnesota, many people get spots on their lungs because of mold that grows here. She said if this was the case, they would have me take an anti-biotic, and that's usually the end of it. She asked if I was a smoker- I felt relieved and happy to say that I had never been a smoker. She assured me, it would be rare for a non-smoker of forty-one to have lung cancer. She suggested I follow-up with my primary physician the following week. I walked out of that hospital feeling confident this was just a little bump in the road.

Biopsy Results

Unfortunately, on March 1st of 2004, I received the phone call that no one wants to get. "I'm sorry to have to tell you this Linda, but you have lung cancer." I repeated back his scary words to be sure I heard it right. The next thing I remember was hearing a loud thud and finding my twin sister passed out on the floor.

I will always be grateful my body spoke to me during those early weeks in February; especially the night they found the spot via the X-Ray. My body was telling me things weren't right, and warning me. I will never complain about the panic attack that saved my life.



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ralwus 6 years ago

Amazing. My wife just found out that a good friend of hers lost a sister to throat cancer. She had been a nurse, never smoked and was a real health nut. They discovered that she used Listerine 3x daily and that was the cause of her cancer. I hate that stuff even worse now.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

MT Praise God for allowing your body to alarm you into the action that very well saved your life. I have dealt with stress, anxiety which saw me running him in and out to the hospital. (In his case it was a mild heart attack) Also my youngest sister started suffering major anxiety about ten years ago. It is a very debilitating ailment. She has been to many Doctors and had many, many tests done. She can not leave her city for as soon as she gets to the edge of town she falls apart. I do hope that yours is now under control. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings and Hugs


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow... you were lucky my friend. Your story touching my heart. I thought God still love you. I hope we can learn from your experience. Thanks for share with us. ~prasetio


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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

You are lucky and brave. I wish your experience will boost confidence in alike.

God bless you!


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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

You are lucky and brave. I wish your experience will boost confidence in alike.

God bless you!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Thank you for sharing this beautiful survival story!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. I rejoice in the blessing of "alarm" that saved your life. All glory to God.

Forever His,


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Ralwus, I can't believe that listerine could cause throat cancer. How sad that she was healthy and a nurse and because she was keeping her mouth clean, she got cancer. How sad indeed. Thanks for sharing this friend. I appreciate that you read my story, it means a lot.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Love to read and welcome to my humble hubpage home. Thanks for reading my story. It sounds like you have had experience in your life with anxiety. It is no fun but I have learned better skills to handle it when it rears it's ugly head. I thank God it reared it's head to let me know I had cancer. Blessings to you.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hello Prasetio my dear hubpage friend. Yes, I am a very lucky lady. I know now that God needed me for many reasons but especially to help my twin sister raise her two kids after her divorce. It means a lot to me that you read this and commented. I love the support from you and my other friends here. God Bless


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

vydyulashushi-Thanks for your kind words. I do hope my story will help others with cancer, know that there is always hope. Blessings to you.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Lillygrillzit-Thank you for reading this story. Here is to all of us cancer survivors out there. YIPPEEE!!!

God Bless to you friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

RevLady-Yes, all glory goes to God. I know he had more work for me to do here and spared me leaving just yet. I am helping my sister raise her two beautiful children and it is such a blessing. God Bless and thank you for reading my personal story about cancer.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

MT- I am glad you are here with us. Could not do life without you.

From Minnetonka Twin B


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Tkumah 6 years ago

Oh dear, in my book I claim the same. The body knows and sends signals of extreme irritations that we may not understand but somehow those signals are driven by a higher power.(inner self).

I feel sad and happy reading your story.

I feel mad and fortunate to run into you, (two).

Thank you for sharing your story:)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi sister-Thank you for being so there for you always. My life is so full with you in it.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Tkumah-Thank you for reading my story. Our bodies do talk to us and we need to listen. It was one heck of a ride. Glad that chapter of my life is over. Blessings.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

You were fortunate indeed even though it was a rough ride getting to where you are today. It must be so nice having a twin sister who loves and supports you...and vice versa. Nice ending to that all important panic attack!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

i JUST WROTE A GREAT COMMENT,LONG AND ALL THAT.I was twisting around on the couch and erased it somehow.Phooey,well....I'll just say it's wonderful you caught it!


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epigramman 6 years ago

..I think your hubs are saving my life ...they're awesome, spectacular and I just phoned President Obama!!!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I am so glad they did find it, so many people die because no doctor will listen, believe me I have felt I must have LIAR written on my forehead for years! They kept giving me lung x-rays and saying there's nothing wrong and I would say but I can't breathe and it caused me panic attacks...almost eight years of this and they finally discover I have COPD.

I had that song on a poem for Mom I took down and have been wanting to hear it all day but so busy with other things, strange to come here and find it. God bless you and get on line and find out all you should eat etc to keep cancer away. I treat my own COPD and now I know what is wrong I do not get panicked.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I had a friend who had a similar story. went in for back pain and mri showed a spot on her thyroid. ended up being cancer that was easily removed because it was detected so early. Your anxiety attack certainly was a blessing.


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

This the kind of story I absolutely love. Makes my problems pale in comparison. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peggy-Thanks so much for reading my story. Yes, I am so blessed to have a loving twin sister. Who would of thunk a panic attack could be a good thing??


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

bayou lady-That happens to you too huh? What a bummer that you took the time to write and puuff..it's gone. Thanks so much for reading my story. I am one lucky lady.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

epigramman-You are so sweet. I wonder when Obama is gonna call me. Anything you want me to say to him?? haha. Your support here on hubpages means a lot to me.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pollyanalana-I am so sad to hear you were not being believed by doctors. I have learned so much since my cancer journey and how I have to be my own best advocate. Doctors do not know our bodies like we do and I use to give them way too much power. I am so glad you figured out it was COPD. I am glad you got to hear the angel song on my hub. I love when a fellow hubber gets something they have been needing from one of my hubs. Bless you friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tamarajo-I really appreciate you coming by and reading my story. It is amazing how many stories I hear in my lung cancer support group about how people figured out they had cancer. We just have to listen to our bodies.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Bobbi-I am so touched by your kind comments. It is always my hope that my stories and struggles can help people in some way.


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Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

Wow!!! Amazing story! It is remarkable what our bodies can tell us if we really listen. Thank you for sharing this. It should be a reminder to everyone to take any strange health issues they experience very seriously. I know there have been times in the past where I didn't, and after reading this, will think twice about ignoring strange symptoms.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Anna, thanks for reading my story. I'm glad that this story reminds people to listen to their bodies. I can't tell you how many stories like mine I have heard.


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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

I'm glad that you found out in time, Linda. I hope you feel well these days. :)


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

Thank you for sharing your story! Our bodies speak to us in the strangest ways, don't they? I am so glad that they found out early and were able to diagnose you, so you can get better! I'm so glad that I met you! Tell your twin she has a wonderful sister!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi there Haunty. Thanks for taking time to read my story. I feel great these days and will be celebrating seven years cancer-free this St. Patrick's Day. YIPEEE.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sweetsusieg-You are so welcome and thank you for taking time to stop by and read it. Our bodies tell us things and we just have to make sure we listen. I feel the same and am so glad I met you here. I really enjoy the connection. I just turned to sis who is sitting in her queen recliner, next to my queen recliner and told her what you said. She said, "OOHHH, she's so sweet." I love hubpages!!! I will be 7 years cancer-free this St. Patrick's Day. I love the luck of the irish.


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BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

What a profound and touching story. It's incredible how seemingly negative and painful experiences, like panic attacks, can be blessings in disguise. It's also amazing how our bodies warn us of trouble very early on if we're smart enough to listen. Not to mention the loving support of family. All things to be eternally grateful for!

Awesome hub. It not only inspires me to take better care of my body, but teaches me that anxiety, in ways unforeseeable, can be a wonderful thing!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi again Benny. I so appreciate that you have been supporting me and reading my hubs. Your comments to me are very eloquently written. It feels so good to know others are reading my hubs and getting something positive from it. That is always my hope. Take Care Benny. :)


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

Wow, Miinnetonka Twin, I'm so glad you listened to your body. A blessing in disguise...which reminds us all that something that seems bad, can be helpful to us after all....makes one think! Keep surviving, I hope the best for you!


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Thumb86 6 years ago from Wales

wow. weird! and you had no other warning signs/symptoms that it was cancer?


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi marisuewrites-Thank you for your kind words. There is always good in things that seem hopeless. Bless you for reading my story.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Thumb86-This was the first big symptom I had but looking back I think there were others too but just not as obvious. I was tired, out of breath and getting hoarse a lot. I really appreciate you stopping by and reading my story.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

My best friend was operated a week ago, also cancer. Her body also gave early warning signs, and she listened. They believe it is all removed, as it was found early enough.

Your hub just gave me new appreciation for life, and friendship. I loved the song, thank you for sharing it.

We are blessed to have you around, to tell your story, and sharing your life with us.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you equealla-I am soo happy to hear that your friend got in early enough. I will send positive thoughts and prayers her way that her journey will be smooth.


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

A blessing in disguise, thanks for sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Juliette-I so love seeing new faces visiting my hubs. Thanks so much for coming by. Yes, I am truly blessed that something got me in so I could live. :)


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

THIS IS AMAZING!! I, too, have had these siren bells in my head--right now I'm getting screened for possible colon cancer. I have had lifelong lung problems stemming from 2nd hand smoke inhalation (I don't smoke) What a HUB!!I am inspired to write about my inner bells ringing and alerting me to danger. Wow!!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi GarnetBird-Always love a new hub friend coming by to say hi. I will pray that your screening will show nothing serious and good job listening to your body. I am sure a lot of my lung cancer was due to 2nd hand smoke as my mom and dad both smoked while I was growing up and I worked in restaurants that were smokey. I will be watching for your hubs Garnet and would like it if you kept me posted on your health. Blessings:)


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

That must have been very scary ~ but lucky, too!

Great that all went well :)


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Trish_M-Great to see one of my new hub buddies on my story. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I am really blessed:)


Denizee 6 years ago

It's amazing how intuitive we can be with our own bodies, and realize when something isn't right. Most doctors lean towards anxiety attacks, but if we advocate for our own health issues the doctors will do testing. Thank God my body knew there was something wrong with my heart. After treating with other cardiologists over the years, one doctor found a congenital birth defect that no other cardiologist had found. Bless you for being brave and bless you for having a family that surrounds you with love. You are very lucky!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Denizee and wow do we have alot in common. Laura and I (my twinner) were born with holes in our hear. Hers healed fine and mine grew healed but grew over my right venticle. I had open heart surgery in 8th grade and all is well now. You are so right that it takes us to know something is not right. Peace and thx for your support here.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Denizee and wow do we have alot in common. Laura and I (my twinner) were born with holes in our hear. Hers healed fine and mine grew healed but grew over my right venticle. I had open heart surgery in 8th grade and all is well now. You are so right that it takes us to know something is not right. Peace and thx for your support here.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Denizee and wow do we have alot in common. Laura and I (my twinner) were born with holes in our hearts. Hers healed fine and mine healed but muscle grew over my right ventricle. I had open heart surgery in 8th grade and all is well now. You are so right that it takes us to know something is not right. Peace and thx for your support here.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Denizee and wow do we have a lot in common. Laura and I (my twinner) were born with holes in our hearts. Hers healed fine and mine healed but muscle grew over my right ventricle. I had open heart surgery in 8th grade and all is well now. You are so right that it takes us to know something is not right. Peace and thx for your support here.


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okmom23 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Amazing story! So glad you listened to your body and took action. So many I know would rather stick their heads in the sand! As a nurse, I am overly protective of my own health and my children. May God continue to bless you!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

I use to be the type that stuck my head in the sand but no more. I now learned through experience that going to the doctor gives you better odds if something is wrong. I think I use to fear the unknown but now want to know. God Bless You for Blessing Me:)


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Minnetonka Twin – This is amazing! I am once again in awe of the human body – with all its self-protecting abilities. We must respect the ‘voice’ of our bodies – it always tells us what we need (and not need). I hope you are still doing fine.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

The body is amazing Martie. I don't ignore anything it tells me anymore. Thanks for asking how I am doing and I can GRATEFULLY say, I will be 7 years cancer-free this next St. Patrick's Day. The Luck of the Irish is with me:) Blessings friend.


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

Wow! This is an amazing story. Thankfully everything has turned out well. May that Irish luck keep you going strong!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know, I am so blessed that I am well. Have a good day schoolmarm:)


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

I love this story! I want to put a link to it in my site where the word panic appears. Do me a favor and try just putting the word panic in as a keyword so it will come up for me to link to my page. Bravo to your survival. Did you see the poem I dedicated to your motivating me? That's what the panic link is for;)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much Painter. Thanks for putting a link on your site of my story. I will definitely put panic in as a key word. Wow, I thought I did. I did not see the poem you dedicated. OMG, I am so humbled and will check it out ASAP:)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This was such a touching story..You are amazing! Panic attacks effect so many people but a lot of people are afraid to talk about it. Thank you for bringing this to light and your story of survival.

God Bless,

Sunnie


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are very welcome Sunnie. I always hope that my hubs can touch someone that is struggling and maybe give them some solace. I know that when I figured out what the panic attacks were, It actually eased the anxiety quite a bit. Just knowing and naming it can help immensly.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

What a great story and what a fabulous ending seven years cancer free yipee!!!! Now your experience and story is being used to bless and inspire others it is amazing what God can do through a willing vessel. Thanks for sharing this Linda I am sure this will be a blessing to many folk who are fortunate enough to find this hub :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much maggs. I am truly blessed and love sharing my ups and downs in life, in hopes that it can help others. :-)


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Minnetonka Twin...Thanks for sharing this.

It is notable that non-smokers are more and more being diagnosed with lung issues. I believe second-hand smoke, and working environments are contributing to the health problems of non-smokers.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Barb-You are so right and thank goodness there is no more smoking in public places in most states these days. I never liked being at restaurants that had smoking.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I am just reading this now...How are you feeling?

I too suffer from anxiety. I am in debate with myself wether mental pain or physical pain is worse.

Anyway...hope all is well.

Ps...your hub...I am glad you told your story here!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I am almost eight years cancer free. I will always struggle with anxiety but have learned techniques to help it as well as medication. Thanks for stopping by :-)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You are welcome! Congratulations on 8 years of being cancer free!


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Very touching story Minnetonka Twin. You seem to be a very strong person, a survivor, with faith and who loves life. That is beautiful.

I remember you mentioned your not a smoker. Have you ever found what caused your lung cancer? If you don't mind me asking?

I have struggled with anxiety and depression and have considered it as my worst enemy.

Thank you for sharing this hub with us.

p.s. and thank you for your very kind comments :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Chris-Thanks so much for taking the time out to read my story. Ya, depression and anxiety have been with me since I was a kid. I have learned some ways to deal with it after all these years. The doctor's can't really isolate what gave me lung cancer but I can tell you that my parents were heavy smokers when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, one of my earliest memories is liking the smell of a newly lit cigarette. My mom and dad's room was next to mine and they'd light up on their way out every morning. I also worked in the restaurant industry for years to pay my way through school. They could get really smokey which couldn't have been good for my lungs. Although it wasn't a smokers tumor, that doesn't mean that second hand smoke wasn't the culprit. This is my hunch; though I'll never know.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a remarkable story! I do believe I have stumbled upon a person I am going to enjoy greatly. Thank you for sharing your story; thank you for reading mine; thank you for your outlook on life and positive attitude. I appreciate you greatly!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I feel the same way about you Billy. We were meant to be hub buds for sure. I thank you for reading my story about how anxiety made me figure out I had lung cancer. I feel so blessed to be around and meet great people like yourself. I am proud to know you and think your sharing of your journey of the bottle is really healing and amazing. Have a great day Billy!


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

What a wonderful example of listening to our body and acting on it! So glad you survived the ordeal, and thank you so much for sharing it with us!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are so welcome Ruby and thanks for coming by and taking time to read it. I am so blessed to be cancer free and living my life to the fullest. I don't take one day for granted.


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Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

I can relate to the anxiety attacks or what seemed to be. I was screaming in pain on the floor, sweating profusly in front of my two children, with pains in my stomach/sides/chest/radiating down my left arm. Nothing found first ER trip even after EKG, blood tests, xrays and CT. Sent me home with some random antihistamine/antacid type medications. Second trip, infection.. more of the same meds. I couldn't even drive the car at times without an attack, it was horrid. Finally, I pieced it together.. hormones...

Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm glad the cancer was discovered in time. Thank God for our bodies ways of telling us when something is wrong. Sadly though, not everyone listens and thinks it will be fine. And most sad is they think that because they can't afford to go to the doctor/ER.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

OMG~when you say hormones, I am guessing menopause. I know I get some weird symptoms from it. I'm glad you figured out what was going on. There's nothing worse than not knowing why your having symptoms that are scary. It is very sad that so many ignore symptoms because of money. Life is too precious to put off getting seen when our bodies are telling us something. I am eight years cancer-free and thank God I listened and went in. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for coming by my hub.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Powerful story. Especially love the sisterly devotion. I guess the upshot is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Mighty Mom~I am so lucky to have my sister and her unconditional love. Yes, I'm glad you see that listening to our bodies is so important. I'm sure glad I listened or I wouldn't be sitting here right now writing you. God is so good.


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Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

Nope, not menopause, but it is related to that time of the month I discovered..just a few days before, and always the same time when they do occur which is how I figured it out, also in the few days before woman get depressed. The hormones get to be too much now for me and causes acid overproduction in my stomach that feels like a heart attack/stomach cramps and burning.. just awful. I have to relieve the acid in order to hopefully get out of the painful spasms or when I first notice them starting..it works faster than meds. or vs hours of pain or the ER.. I guess you get the picture. It doesn't happen as often now though. I guess it's a matter of learning ourselves what to do when doctors can't help us, as is always my case, which is why I don't even bother going to doctors about most things anymore unless they are really really bad... that and money. Boy, I do go on don't I? lol. I hope you have a great day, and am glad you found the cancer in time and it was treatable.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for filling me in Midnight Lights. You can never go on too much with me as I love the conversation and company. I feel the same that we know our issues so much better than doctor's on so many health problems. Have a great week my friend.


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Diane Woodson 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

Wow your life seems like me before I got vistaril and seroquel. O yeah I have a few side effects however they are nothing to be compared with the unmitigated hell my husband and I went thru til I got them. Your story is so wonderful. I am glad you lived to write and help people....thanks diane woodson


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Diane-although I've always suffered with anxiety issues, I knew it was at an all time high at this time of my life. Turned out it had to do with my hormones being out of control because of the lung cancer which I had no idea was inside of me. I couldn't stop pacing, I couldn't sleep which is not like me. Things got back to more normal after surgery. I had been on an anti-depressant before all of this and now it's all baseline again. thx for reading Diane.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi MT, I did know that you were a cancer survivor but I can't recall having read this stunning and awesome hub!! You might not think it, but what a brave lady you are! I think it's fascinating the way your body was talking to you and sounding the siren! Your own body saved your life indeed!

Not only that, but this hub will be such a huge help to anyone who is suffering cancer or is indeed a survivor. Being an ex-nurse, it's ok for patients to talk to us and doctors, but what is much better in many ways, is for people to talk to those who have gone through what they are presently experiencing. No one can give hope and courage like a survivor who knows exactly what it feels like.

This was awesome, interesting and also beautiful!!

Voted up + shared!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I have never read this before and didn't know about your lung cancer. Glad you got to it in time. Your body and god was telling you. Things happen in strange ways. My friend's husband got in a small car accident and found out he had a brain tumor. They wouldn't have know until it was to late if he hadn't been for the accident. Hope your doing well now.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear seeker-I am humbled by your wonderful comment about my hub. I do always hope that my hubs, especially about the cancer journey, will help many. I agree that our experiences are the best way to help educate others about different diseases and struggles. I really appreciate your sharing this story and voting up. Bless you :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Moonlake-I have heard so many incredible stories like your friend's husband. I also knew a guy that fell off a ladder and injured his head and they too found a brain tumor. He too would be dead if that accident wouldn't have happened. I also hope my story helps others to remember to always listen to their bodies. My body knew things were wrong. I also had tinnitus in my ears which I learned later, can be a sign of a physical problem. Thanks so much for reading my story. I am doing great by the way. I celebrate my nine years cancer-free this March 17-St. Patrick's Day-I'm part Irish too and now this holiday means so much much more to me. Blessings for coming by my friend.


Kerry43 4 years ago

you are just the 'awesomest". I always believe things happen because they are meant to. Of course as humans, we struggle to wonder why the bad things happen too, but I suppose it makes us more aware and then able to help others. You go girl!

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww-thank yoou Kerry for the kind words and the tweets-I Love your word awesomest-LOL-I too make up my own words :-) great to see you here Kerry :-)


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

What an interesting story! It is pretty amazing how your body was sending you signals!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Monis and thanks for reading My story-I am so blessed I listened :)


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

You are precious to us dear heart. Grateful to our Lord you are feeling much better. Happy Holidays, and we cherish you.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stars my dear friend-Can you believe I will be cancer-free for nine years this March. Woo Hoo- I am so blessed.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

My blessings. I am glad that this panic attack was for the good! Thanks for sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I appreciate you taking time to read my story-what a blessing a panic attack turned out to be-Happy New Year :-)


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

What an incredible story. The body is a wonderful mechanism and clearly your panic attacks led to a quick diagnosis. Keep well and stay strong my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

It is amazing how the body talks to us. I was so blessed that I had some signs to help save my life. This March I will be nine years cancer-free. I am so glad I could stick around and help my sister raise her two kids. Thanks much for reading my story acaetnna.


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Rusti Mccollum 3 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

What a great story it sure makes one think they should get checked more. i have panic attacks, they scare the you know what , out of me. I also have a heart problem so i never know if it's a heart attack or panic attack. This article made me think. I'm so glad you found it in time! What a wonderful ending.When nowdays people don't always have this outcome, it's nice to hear of it! Happy you are here to warn others!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Rusti-I know, I am soooo very blessed. Sounds like you understand too much about panic attacks too. The thing that started my anxiety was when I was born with a hole in my heart ( as I'm a twin.) The hole healed but then a muscle grew over it. I had open heart surgery when I was in 8th grade and since then, I always question my heart. Many of my P.A. were about not trusting my heart which my doctor says I should. Anyhoo, I thanks God this panic attack had a reason for once. I listened and here I am nine years later. Thanks very much for reading my story.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wow! This is a similar to my own experience. In 2009 I had an Aneurysm and had to have emergency open heart surgery. The funny thing is that it was a sleep Doctor that caught it. I was not having the symptoms of a normal aneurysm sufferer so I had no idea, but it just so happened that I had went to the Sleep Doctor concerning Insomnia and he noticed it while checking me. The surgeons said that my artery was rupturing and that had the sleep Doctor not caught it and sent me in that I probably would have been gone in a matter of hours. Thank you for sharing your experience. It certainly gives you a different perspective on life, doesn't it?


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh my goodness Wayne-what a story you have too! It does indeed give you a different perspective on life. Every day is a blessing. We were both meant to stick around longer.BTW-I had open heart surgery in 8th grade so I know what that's like too. I'm an identical twin and was born with a hole in my heart. It healed but a muscle grew over the right ventricle. It was a scary thing to go through as a teen. We sure have a lot in common Wayne. Glad to have met you here.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

So glad to have met you too. Fate, destiny, miracle; whatever you want to call it. I don't know...it's a mystery. But I do know this: every day that I live is a bonus to me. I love life, new experiences. I want to enjoy it.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What an incredible story and so well told. I was with you every step of the way, waiting in the ER and getting that awful phone call. What a nightmare. Thank God you are here to tell us of your fortunate early detection and blessed results. You are a shining example of hope and perserverance. Thank you for sharing this amazing life experience.

Hoping you are well,

Peg


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peg and thank you so much for reading my story. Those were such dark days but I thank God my body spoke to me. I am nine years cancer-free this coming St. Patrick's Day. Woo Hoo! I love life Peg. It's such a gift.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

That really must have been a set of terrifying experiences-- I admire the way you handled it, and of course, thank heaven for your sister ! I'm so glad you got through it ok . Great post.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Chris-it was a super scary time in my life. I can look back after almost nine years and see all the lessons that came from it. Great to see you my friend. I hope your new year is starting out great.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks so much! I hope you're having a terrific 2013 , too !!! :)


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Minnetonka Twin,

I think that particular panic attack was your guardian angel's way of getting your attention.

I am so happy that you caught it in time. A facebook friend of mine was diagnosed last month with lung cancer. For her it may be too late from what she has told me. She said she doesn't like talking about it. I am praying for her because I believe in miracles and I hope God grants her one.

Have a good evening. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sue-I tell people all the time that I'll never complain about panic attacks again. My body and soul knew something was wrong. I remember doing a lot of pacing and I couldn't sit down. My whole system was screwed up. The doctors said my odds weren't good but here I am nine years later. I will pray that your friend is another miracle. God Bless


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Rusti Mccollum 3 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

I suffer panic attacks, to think they could save your life is amazing. I loved this hub. I wish you peace, love and mostly great health!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Rusti-Sorry to hear you've suffered with P.Attacks. Mine were the worst in my twenties but now I don't get give them power and they've lessened in intensity. I've also learned some strategies that help me when I feel one coming on. Love, Peace and Health right back to you my friend.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

hello Minnetonka Twin,

Really even short hubs? i was not continuing here because my google adsense application was declined and theres no chances for me to earn, Is there any chances for me to be compensated here? If i apply again would they approved my google adsense account?

Thank you very much for you appreciation and advices, i really love it. Hope you can answer my questions in order to help me. thanks a lot!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

HI Ken-I have heard others say they were not given adsense applications but after trying again were given one. Good Luck and I hope you will get it next time so you can make some money here.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

oh i see thank you, thats a great news:)


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Dear Twin, This makes perfect sense to me. When I have had pneumonia I am so anxious. Before one pneumonia bout I refinished a hardwood floor rode my bike 5 miles, before my fever spiked to 105 and I had to stop. Anything that has to do with the lungs can cause anxiety would be my guess.

Voted everything but funny.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much tirelesstraveler. I can't believe all you did with walking pneumonia. My body could not have done that as it was coming on. Your right~ that lung issues cause great anxiety. It was a really scary time for me. I am so glad those dark days are over.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

How did I miss this one , soo glad you are healthy and here !........wow ...ed...:-}


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks ahorseback. Those were some scary days. Life is great and I'm nine years cancer free. Woo Hoo! Thanks so much for reading my story.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

I have a couple of friends and family now cancer free for years , Isn't that the best news ever when we hear it , Bless you girl ! You sure deserve it !........Ed


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Ed~I really appreciate your kind words.


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drpastorcarlotta 3 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Loving this Hub!!!!! Our body does warn us all the time before the acts happens. Some people ignore these warnings and some don't. Our body is made to warn us and we should take heed to it. I am glad you did!!!! AMEN! I know you haven't heard from me in a while, I have been very busy counseling. Come visit me when you have some free time. Voted-Up! Be blessed!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pastor Carlotta. Yes, our bodies do give us signals and it behooves us to listen and respond. I was told that many with lung cancer don't have symptoms and don't know it until they are at the last stage. I feel like God spoke to me through my body because I had so much more to give on this earth. I moved in with my twin sister when I was diagnosed. I've been helping her raise her two children these past nine years and it's been an honor and a gift. I feel this is was a big reason I was healed. I thank God everyday~Blessings my friend.


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sunflowerforests 3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

What a beautiful story of amazing grace you have blessed us all with! Thank you for writing this. I am so glad you were able to learn the information you needed to know and in the right time frame too. This is a wonderful example of how God works in our lives. You and Laura are so blessed to have such closeness too. I am glad you came to my page and commented so then I could come to yours and be so uplifted by your story. Have a great day! Voted up, of course! :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

What a lovely comment sunflowerforests. It's so great that you bopped over to my page so quickly after I started following you. I am so blessed to be here nine years later, even though the doctor's have me a 20-25% chance of making five years. They didn't add to the mix of their statistics, my faith in God and all the support of family and friends. I always believe I was cured because I needed to help my twin sister raise her two children after a bitter divorce. God always has a plan for us. So glad to have a new friend here on Hubpages. Have a great week ahead.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

Oh sweet sister - what a way to learn you had lung cancer. The hope filled words for me were hearing you are a survivor.

We learned a couple of months ago that my sweet sister-in-law ... who never smoked either ... has lung cancer. It has rocked our world. I went and spent 2 weeks with her and my brother - going to appointments, fixing meals, informing family, cleaning and learning about treatment etc.

It blessed both of them to have me there ... it was very hard for me as I knew they needed my strength ... God gave me His strength and Wendy told me I uplifted her so much. It was Him who shines out through me .. not my strength but His reaching out and loving her.

We learned the type of lung cancer she has is treated with a targeted drug ... The Doc. is very, very encouraging ... We await her next ultra-sound to see if the meds. are working. It's TOUGH .. as I am sure you know better than I.

I'm going to read your other hubs .. and learn more from you. Thank you for sharing this journey ... I'm thankful to have found it.

God's Blessings upon you Always!

Mekenzie


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dearest sister in Christ~I am sorry that your sister in law was diagnosed with lung cancer. It's a hard road but there is always hope. I am so blessed to be nine years cancer free this past St. Patrick's Day and this can be the same for your sister. I am hoping since she is a non smoker that she has non-small cell carcinoma versus small cell. Usually, smokers get the more serious lung cancer. Either is serious but odds are better when you have the non small cell. They thought I was stage one at first. Once they removed my middle lobe in my right lung and got the path report back, I moved from stage one to stage 3A. It was a scary time for me. They gave me a 20-25% chance of surviving five years, but here I am, healthy as a horse. I will be putting your sister in law and brother, on my prayer list. ( what is her first name?) Please update me and ask me anything as I've been through this journey and love to help others going through it. God Bless you all. I am here with any question or tip on how to deal with all the issues.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

Wow ... knowing the stage you were diagnosed with is also encouraging .. especially with the fact that you are a survivor.

At first they thought Wendy's was small cell .. but the test was not performed correctly (not enough tissue) so her doc. sent her back for a 2nd biopsy deeper inside to collect more tissue. He was ecstatic to learn it was non-small cell .. as were we. :0)

She has stage 4 metastasized to lymphs and bone .. which scared the heebie jeebies out of all of us. Yet the doc. said that the treatment ... this non chemo drug will target the cancer wherever it is. Her chance of survival is closer to 60% which shocked us and delighted us.

I guess this type of cancer (Adno-carcinoma) is treated with a new drug .. a pill that it responds very well to.

Minnetonka, you are a sweetheart for praying for Wendy and Greg. I have asked people to pray for them and have had an outpouring of friends who are lifting them up.

One very awesome thing that has come out of this is that Wendy had many questions about heaven, God, eternity etc. As I answered her questions I could see her soul come to rest ... she said, "I did that but I wasn't sure I did it right." ;) She continues to seek for truth and asks questions.

The most important thing in my heart was to know she and my brother accepted God's gift of eternal salvation. I wanted to be assured they would be with me in eternity. Now I know. Through the tragedy ... a blessed assurance was attained.

Your hub has blessed me to the socks as has your very sincere and lovely heart!

Thank YOU!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

AWWW~you are a kindred spirit indeed. May God continue the blessings for Wendy and Greg through this difficult time. I learned so many things about myself and learned what was really important. I am so glad you found out that your brother and sister in law know that God awaits all of us in heaven. What a relief and what a gift for you. God Bless.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

minnetonka twin Praise God dear sister He led you to the ER, Amen!! He is so...amazing love. My mom passed from lung cancer well it started out that way then moved to her brain. I will see her in heaven one day!! She was such a love.

God calls us home when it is time. You being His hands and feet have more to do for Him. I too am an identical. I plan on writing about some of our journeys one day, soon. She is my best friend indeed. Everything I get she gets viseaversa. Our lives are so alike it is uncanny. Both married to Davids. Both divorced. She has boys, I have girls. Very close in age. Our last ones 12 yrs younger than our oldest. Both of us thought we were done having children. Our youngest are one month apart in age. We have the same number of grand kids. She had emergency hysterectomy, 6 months later I had one. She works in the care field I too work in the care field. I show up at a party wearing red and she is there and has on a very similar top or identical and jeans as well. She takes macaronni salad I take potatoe salad. She takes chocolate cake I take vanilla. Things like this. Anyway no doubt we were to be born identicals. Truly a gift from above.

May our Lord keep HIS loving arms wrapped around you dear sister and your precious twin as well. He is the master physician!! I had to smile because Laura passed out when you heard the news. Sounds like identical twin stuff to me. You keep going and writing em twin. You touch many hearts with the love of Christ as does your twin sister.

In Christ, Love you, Skye.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Skye-I just read this comment out loud to sis and we were both laughing about the things you and your twin do, because we do them too. I know, it was so sad that Laura is the one that passed out. I think she actually had a harder time when I was diagnosed because she loves me so much and had to watch me go through such trauma. You and I are so blessed to have our twin sisters. I often tell people that I feel we are role models of what 'unconditional love' is. You don't see much of that in the real world, but sis and I would die for each other. I cannot wait to read some of your hubs on your twin stories. Get going on writing them Skye. It will be so great! God Bless my sister in Christ.


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njmanura 3 years ago from Sri Lanka

Nicely written article about panic attack. Voted up


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks njmanura~much appreciated. I will never complain of that panic attack as it saved my life.


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kathryn1000 3 years ago from London

I have sometimes wondered if there is a physical reason for anxiety and panic.I'm so pleased you were diagnosed early enough to save your life.

I did have a heart episode but didn't feel panicky at all...I hoped it was anxiety but it was a spasm of some kind.

So many folk getting cancer now....maybe the food we eat?

Lots of good wishes to you,Kathryn


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your sweet and thoughtful comment, Kathryn. I am glad to hear that you haven't experienced a panic attack. You truly feel as though your dying. I had a friend who had her heart spasm. She just waited it out but it was very unsettling. Lung cancer is environmental, so I have some ideas of how I got it at such a young age. My mom and dad were heavy smokers when I was a kid growing up. Second hand smoke is probably the main reason I got lung cancer. I also think a mold issue at an apartment when I was older, also had a part in it. Thanks so much for taking time out to read my story.


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kathryn1000 3 years ago from London

I love people's stories but I was sad to read what you suffered...Your mind was trying to send you a message,


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kathryn~It is amazing how our bodies talk to us. Thanks for your kind words. All is well now and I am so glad those painful days are behind me. The only thing I deal with now is lots of cat scans to make sure all is well, which is a blessing.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

How lucky you were to have a guardian angel looking out for you. Beautiful, scary story.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks KK Gal-I am a really blessed gal. Never thought I'd be happy about a panic attack. Hope your having a great day.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi My friend - I knew you had cancer but was overwhelmed by the history of the problem. Somehow, the panic attacks became so severe that they really followed up when you said - heart attack. You have been a cancer survivor for quite a while. Hope it is forever. If it started with a spot on lung, it must have been in early stages. Do you remember Mrs. Dana Reed who discovered hers late, and it was from singing in cigarette laden bars. You are so lucky. Continued good health. Hugs. Audrey


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Audrey-I did hear of Dana Reed's sad cancer story. She had a smoker's tumor and didn't even smoke. My lung cancer was the less aggressive type. I had non-small cell lung cancer.-=Small cell lung cancer is more aggressive. The doctor's thought at first that I was stage 1, but after the biopsy they learned it was stage 3A. Scared the heck out of me. I also had some spread in the trachea and bronchi lymph nodes. I'll never forget that when I started radiation treatment, the doctor said "worrisome very worrisome that you had lymph node involvement." I told him at the next appointment that I wanted him to be positive and not make remarks that scare me and bring me down. Thanks for reading my story and hugs back to you Audrey.


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I am so grateful to God that our lord saved you because you are our sweetheart here among us all. We love you, and you're precious sister, and I am so happy that God saved you. God Bless you, and you're sister, and you're families in the good heart of our lord.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you my dear friend. I thank God every day that he got me in the ER so we could figure out what was going on in my body. I can't imagine how hard it would have been on sis if I wouldn't have made it. Yikes, just to tough to think about. Thanks for coming by my sweet friend. God Bless you and your family :-)


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Wow! Thank God for that X-ray! You look great in that photo. A really important story, and some life-saving links which I'm pinning.

Have a marvellous weekend,

Yours Sincerely,

R.Q.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know, I am so blessed that my body gave me this symptom. I looked pretty healthy in that picture because my blood counts were really bad two weeks in a row which meant no chemo. It was a blessing that I had some energy for my benefit. Thanks so much for pinning my story.


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

You're welcome, and hope that full-time remission takes precedent in your life. Surprising how many non-smokers, professional singers and actors were affected by this affliction - I think John Wayne walked around for years with only one lung, if memory serves. I hope you have a good night's rest - sleep well. :)

R.Q.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Romeo-I did not know that John Wayne had a lung removed. I had many non-smokers in my lung cancer support group. Kinda scary how many non-smokers get this disease. I think it's a mix of genetics, and harmful things in the environment. BTW-didn't sleep so good last night. My nephew left a sliding door open and we woke to a chipmunk running wild in the house. It took two days to get the thing out. So relieved it's gone now. Off for a nice nap now that I don't have to sleep with one eye open. LOL


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I'm so sorry you had to go through this. But I am certainly glad you are a survivor! I'm also glad they found it relatively quickly after initially being diagnosed with anxiety.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the kind words my friend. It was a scary time and sometimes I feel like it was all a bad dream. I have so much joy and appreciation for life and being cancer free. Woo Hoo! Thanks for reading my story.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What an amazing story; I am a firm believer in that so many things in life are meant to be. A wonderful story to share onto my FB page ' A Brand new Dawn.'

Eddy.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Eddy~I am truly blessed that the anxiety tipped me off that something was wrong. I celebrate ten years cancer-free this coming St. Patrick's Day.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I know you wrote this hub quite a while ago, but I missed reading how you got diagnosed with lung cancer. Eight years is wonderfuyl and I am so glad they caught the problem early. Thanks for sharing this experience.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wow--you are so lucky, and wise to have gone to the ER. That is never a fun place to be; I've been many, many times accompanying my husband, who is a heart patient.

I've never had to go there for myself...at least not since I was 18...I know I would resist, because of all I've seen....and I know that would not be smart.

Voted up, interesting and awesome. I'm so glad you got treatment in time, so you are able to stay connected with those whom you love.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pamela-I am so blessed that anxiety was a symptom for me and got me in. I am ten years cancer free this coming St. Patrick's day. I look back at those scary days and thank the lord it turned out so good. God bless you for your thoughtful and heart felt comment.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi dear msLizzy-It's probably good that I didn't know at the time how icky ER can be. In this case it worked out well for me but my primary doctor did tell after this experience to try not to go to ER if possible. She must have known a lot too. She knew the anxiety was causing panic attacks and she gave me meds to have on hand so I wouldn't go back to ER in a case of a bad one. I feel so blessed to be cancer free for almost ten years now. Just so glad that big bump in the road is now over.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Amazing story and i am so happy to hear that you are now cancer free. I was a smoker for over 40 years. When i finally quit i was a physical wreck. But i dodged the bullet with that one and 20 years later, i am healthier now than i have been for many years. The body has amazing healing powers.

I suffered with anxiety (panic attacks) throughout my teens and 20's. The doctors put me on all kinds of stuff until i finally was able to control them with a mild dose of ativan.

I still have them today, but when i feel one coming on, i take a pill and let it dissolve under my tongue and it dissipates almost immediately. These 'spells' are unpredictable, but easily controlled so far. One prescription can last for 2 to 3 months so the period between them is longer than it used to be.

No one has ever been able to give me an underlying cause and i probably will never know what it is, but somehow, in my old age that really doesn't much matter anymore.

They are still frightening at times and the older one gets the more likely these same symptoms could mean something more sinister. So, now i take one and wait for relief with the phone in my hand, just in case it is something more than just "nerves". What a life.

Our bodies are quite resilient in many ways, and extremely frail at the same time.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I so agree with you d.william-When I was suffering the worst of my panic attacks I was in my 20's. I went to a therapist who did bio-feedback and it did absolutely nothing ,except make me feel more powerless. I did realize that through age and skills in dealing with it, my anxiety has less power over me. That was a scary time when the anxiety was due to the tumor-I knew it was something more than just the normal anxiety. I know now that anxiety can be a real teacher. Our bodies are amazing!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is a great hub! How wonderful that your body gave you warning signals. Ultimately, as you say, this saved your life.

It is very curious why such a young non-smoker could develop lung cancer. Thank Heaven, you were victorious.

Congratulations for a great save!!.......Peace...UP+++


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much fpherj48 for such a heart felt comment. I am sure that a big part of getting lung cancer was due to my parents heavy smoking and the fact that I worked at restaurants that were smokey. I am so grateful to be here and to be enjoying my life and family. Thanks for coming by :-)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

In studying the picture...my goodness, you & your sis are certainly IDENTICAL. I can only try to imagine what it feels like to look at each other, face to face. I've always been fascinated with "multiples," and after July 1st this year....even more.

My son and wife had fraternal twin sons....Eli and Ethan. So different in both appearance and personality. All we know is, this is going to be FUN!!.............


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Your going to have a blast with your twin grandsons. Like sis and I say, "Double Trouble but Double Fun!" Congratulations Paula :-) I'm here if you have any questions :-)


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Amazing. Your body knew something was wrong and was trying to tell you so but could only do it through an anxiety attack!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know Meg-I will never complain about anxiety issues again. It was a life saver. Thanks so much Meg for reading so many of my hubs today. It means a lot to me. By the way, I will be ten years cancer free this coming St. Patrick's Day. Kinda cool as I'm part Irish-Now this holiday means even more to me.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer on the Dec 28. He has started his first round of chemo, more to come on the 27th with radiation. He feels fairly good now. He has been in the hospital and we are now just trying to catch up at home. Dealing with so many doctors, drug stores and insurances is exhausting. We will make it through. We live in Wisconsin and also got the same story about mold that grows here.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sorry to hear about your husband moonlake-You will get through this-tell your husband this is just a really bad bump in the road but things will get back to normal. It's been ten years for me on on March 17-St. Patrick's Day. Chemo was the hardest thing for me and radiation was a piece of cake. Did your husband have surgery to remove the tumor? I had surgery first, then chemo, then radiation. I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

He hasn't had surgery. The doctor wants to shrink the tumor first and maybe surgery later. He was feeling pretty bad today needed more rest. My husband never stops doing things and it's very hard to get him to slow down even now but it caught up with him today. I will tell him what you said it will make him feel better. Thank you for prayers.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

I'm an avid power walker and kept it up until I could no longer do it. My sister was great as I'd be puking on the side of the trail and she'd just shoo people by us. I usually don't stop either but you do learn how to be gentle with yourself when you go through chemo and radiation. You tell him it's ok to slow down, especially now. Continuing my prayers for you both.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Amazing what you body can do. You have had to go through a lot. Stay well.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Sandy-yes, our bodies talk to us and we just have to listen. I was very lucky that anxiety got me into the doctor. I'll be ten years cancer free this St. Patrick's Day. Woo Hoo!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Wow, glad you survive. This is very useful for anyone who has/has had panic attacks.

Voted up, UAI and shared

Shyron


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Shyron~I think we all have a story to share that will help someone out there. Thanks for the the votes and for coming by.


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javr 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Quite amazing. I'm glad to see that you are still around!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you. I am so blessed to be ten years cancer free. Life is great!


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molometer 2 years ago

It is so important to listen to our bodies. This time it probably saved your life.

I do think that panic attacks are far too often dismissed as simply being over anxious.

We should rather be asking 'why' are we anxious? Instead of just trying to medicate it away.

I am so glad you got an early diagnosis Linda. I wish you all the best.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Michael. I was so lucky that my body talked to me and I listened to it. I'm also thankful that I never smoked-if I had been a smoker, the outcome would have been very different. So glad to be healthy and happy. Bless you for coming by :-) have a great weekend.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

You are indeed blessed that this was found. Too often cancer is left undetected as it comes on silently in some cases (such as yours).

Again it is wonderful that you are living your life and able to share your story with each of us.

Once again I am sending Angels to you today ps


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Bless you for reading my story and for sending angels my way today. My positive thoughts are with you and your family :-)


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Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago

I came back to share this again. If a person feels something is wrong it usually is. I go almost monthly to the ER for migraines. Once I had pain so bad I thought like you that I was having a heart attack, I went to the ER and was told they could not find anything. I was grateful but puzzled.

Voted up, UABI and shared.


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Minnetonka Twin 19 months ago from Minnesota Author

Well I'm just glad it was nothing more serious. Good for you to get it checked out. I'd rather be safe than sorry. Thanks for coming by and good to see you.


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL

So amazing how our bodies talk to us. I was recently told I had a spot on my lung...a follow up Xray and then a CT chest revealed it was a granuloma. That was a relief! Keep up the good work, Linda! :)


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Minnetonka Twin 19 months ago from Minnesota Author

So glad to hear the spot was nothing to worry about. I don't know what a granuloma is but it sounds like it's not worrisome and that's all that matters. Let me tell you, even now as I get annual CT Scans, every other one I get at least one spot which disappears by the next scan. Once I had four spots and they too went away. Most people just don't know if they have harmless spots because their not getting scans or x-rays. My diagnosis has taught me a lot about the lungs/good and bad. Thanks for coming by. Have a great day my friend :)


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

How wise you were not to ignore yet another 'anxiety' attack. And how fortunate you were that you were diagnosed in a timely fashion. I am hoping all is going well for you. Having loved ones with cancer (my daughter has it in her lungs too, now) I understand.

Sending you many healing Angels this afternoon ps


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Minnetonka Twin 17 months ago from Minnesota Author

Yes, it's funny how anxiety ended up saving my life. Most people don't have symptoms or realize their having symptoms. I know you are all too familiar with cancer. You and your family inspire me with your strong faith and positive attitude. Blessings to you my friend :)


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Barbara Kay 17 months ago from USA

My sister passed away from lung cancer when she was 52. You were fortunate that they found it before it had spread. I'm happy to hear that you are a survivor. One in fifteen women are terrible odds. I am surprised.


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Minnetonka Twin 17 months ago from Minnesota Author

I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. That is so terribly young! I was 41 when I was diagnosed, and at 52 am 11 years cancer-free. I am so grateful and realize I am a miracle. Thanks for reading my story.


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georgescifo 15 months ago from India

Really an heart touching hub and hope that God saves you from this dreaded disease..


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Minnetonka Twin 15 months ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you for your kind words. I am so grateful to be cancer free. Every day is a blessing :-)

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