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A Panic Attack Saved my Life

Updated on January 16, 2017

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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    Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Minnetonka Twin,

    I hope you stay warm up there in Minnesota.

    And thank you for your sweet remarks. I am so glad to call you

    "Friend" and "Follower."

    And I pray that you have THE BEST New Year possible.

    Write me anytime.

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    Linda Rogers 10 months ago from Minnesota

    You are so kind Kenneth. Thanks for the nice comment. I so agree-"God is Good all of the Time". Who knew a panic attack could be my friend. LOL

    Happy New Year Ken.

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    Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Amazing; Touching and very well-written!

    Great story with a great message.

    "God is good all of the time." I said this without apology due to the

    fact that "I" alone and in my own ways could NEVER cure a simple

    cold sore.

    I thank Him that you are okay and here on Hubs.

    Happy New Year and write me anytime.

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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

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

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    georgescifo 2 years ago from India

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

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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Barbara Badder 2 years 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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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Patricia Scott 2 years 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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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years 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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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

    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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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Patricia Scott 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    molometer 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

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

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    javr 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

    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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Sandy Mertens 3 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    moonlake 3 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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 3 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    DreamerMeg 3 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Paula 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Paula 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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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Liz Elias 4 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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    Pamela Oglesby 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Eiddwen 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    CraftytotheCore 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Romeos Quill 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    stars439 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Audrey Selig 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Susan Haze 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    kathryn1000 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

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

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    Dr Manura Nanayakkara 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

    Nicely written article about panic attack. Voted up

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    skye2day 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Susan Ream 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Susan Ream 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    sunflowerforests 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Ed~I really appreciate your kind words.

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    ahorseback 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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 4 years ago

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

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Judy Specht 4 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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    Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

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

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Kenneth C Agudo 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Ruth McCollum 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Sueswan 4 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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    carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

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

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Peg Cole 4 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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    Wayne Barrett 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Ruth McCollum 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    acaetnna 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

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

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    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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    stars439 4 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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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

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

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    Aga 4 years ago

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