Lung cancer survivor running to spread the word

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Gina Hollenbeck is operating within the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Most cancers Basis 5K Run/Stroll at Shelby Farms.
Brad Vest/The Business AppealBuy PhotoApril 21, 2018 – Gina Hollenbeck was a nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital when she went to the emergency room insisting on a chest scan. Testing confirmed she had lung most cancers. As soon as a runner of half-marathons earlier than her prognosis, Hollenbeck is now again as much as five-mile runs, and can be operating within the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Most cancers Basis 5K Run/Stroll at Shelby Farms. “I thought my running days were over, but they weren’t,” she stated. “I’ve always loved to challenge myself, and I’m very proud that I’m back to where I am.”(Photograph: Brad Vest/The Business Enchantment, Brad Vest/The Business Enchantment)Purchase PhotoGina Hollenbecksuspected her persistent cough was greater than the seasonal allergy symptoms identified by her physician.A nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital on the time, she went to the emergency room insisting on a chest scan. She was glad she did. Testing confirmed she had lung most cancers.”I was embarrassingly pro-active,” Hollenbeck, 41, can now snicker three years later. “I kept yelling, ‘Somebody has got to do something.'”CLOSE
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USA TodayBeing pro-active additionally made her a survivor. After a craniotomy to take away a tumor that had unfold to her mind and dropping two-thirds of her left lung, Hollenbeck is again into dwelling. That features operating, as she did this weekend  within the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Most cancers Basis 5K Run/Stroll at Shelby Farms.Extra: New research present hope for turning immune system in opposition to lung cancerMore: Examine: four in 10 most cancers instances linked to preventable danger components like smoking, obesityOnce a runner of half-marathons earlier than her prognosis, Hollenbeck is now again as much as five-mile runs. “I thought my running days were over, but they weren’t,” she stated. “I’ve always loved to challenge myself, and I’m very proud that I’m back to where I am.”She’s a lady on a mission to unfold the phrase that anybody can get lung most cancers”I thought it was very rare that anyone who was a nonsmoker got lung cancer, said Hollenback, who finished Saturday with a time of about 33 minutes. “I thought they needed to be uncovered to asbestos or some poisonous chemical or one thing like that in the event that they weren’t a smoker.”She said she was woefully ignorant of lung cancer’s reach across the general population even though she had served on the oncology floor at St. Francis Hospital while in nursing school.Hollenbeck, however, came face to face through her own experience with a startling statistic — 80 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are nonsmokers.”There was no household historical past on both facet, and I did not smoke,” she said. Here are some other sobering statistics from the Lung Cancer Foundation:Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancer combines.Lung cancer is responsible for 25.3 percent of all cancer deaths.One in 15 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. To make matters worse, according to the Cancer Foundation, lung cancer research is underfunded because of the stigma that it’s a “smoker’s illness.”Medical advances have made lung cancer at least a little less scary, Hollenbeck said.”Quite a lot of the know-how is superb,” she said. “I get a focused chemotherapy capsule that has principally melted away my most cancers. However I can solely keep on it 10-12 months, so that they do a scan each few months.”There are one or two other things I could go on if the cancer figures it out and progresses again, so we still need to do better.”It is also helps Hollenbeck and different lung most cancers sufferers that Baptist has been named a Middle of Excellence by the Lung Most cancers Basis, which means it’s thought-about one of many main lung most cancers remedy amenities on this planet.Nonetheless, there are difficult days, Hollenbeck stated. Some of the tough elements, apart from battling the most cancers itself, has been seeing others get sick.”The more I talk about it, the more people reach out to me,” Hollenbeck stated. “I love encouraging them, but I hate seeing them hurt. I had someone I knew from high school diagnosed the same time I was, but she died seven months later. I couldn’t understand Hollenbeck said she has a Facebook page for people with the type of cancer she had, “and somebody dies on it each week. In order that’s arduous.”Learn or Share this story: https://memne.ws/2F5Sg8i

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