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Here is a brief account of how this battle began-
It was a perfect Memorial Day weekend! We were with our family, camping in our new travel trailer and enjoying the beautiful weather and long weekend ahead. Jan was thrilled to take the trailer out for its first long weekend, but was starting the trip a little more tired than usual. The second day there, she was still a little run down and for the first time we heard that her "Asthma" had been bothering her and that the inhaler she normally used was not giving her any relief. We didn't really think much of it, because she was still in a great mood, just not at her normal energy level. The next day there, she shared that she hadn't slept well, because she could not lay down, but instead had to sleep sitting up in order to catch her breath- she even mentioned that if need be - she would go to the Urgent Care facility in her neighborhood when she got back in town the next day.
The next day, after getting things settled down at work, Jan went to the Urgent Care facility in Kent. They heard something in her lungs that made them give her an immediate x-ray- and found fluid present. This required her to be transferred immediately to Valley Medical Center for treatment. Valley Medical Center admitted her into their Emergency Room and performed a procedure to drain the fluid from her lungs that afternoon. They informed us that her right lung had been 2/3 full! They took samples and did many tests, but released her that evening.
Later that same week, she saw her usual Doctor, and received a referral to a Pulmonary Specialist for the interpretation of the test results that had finally returned. That Friday, she kept her appointment with the Pulmonary Specialist, who had the devastating news that the test results indicated the presence of Cancer in her lungs.
We are seeing an Oncologist currently and will update you as the new test results come back in and a final diagnosis is made.
Thank you for you love and support as we all band together to fight the war on Cancer -