KUSA – It’s National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and a girl who smoked for almost 50 years is celebrating one-year most cancers free.

She stated her life is best than ever now and she or he talked to 9NEWS about what helped her get by a number of the troublesome occasions.

“I wanted to use something like this,” stated Darlene Livingston. “I wanted to use some letters.”

A card is commonly a present, however for Livingston, it is a ardour.

“It relaxes me,” she stated. “I make all of my own cards.”

It has helped her get by a number of the troublesome occasions in her life like not too long ago surviving most cancers.

“I was kind of devastated because I thought this could never happen to me – like most smokers say,” stated Livingston.

She stated she smoked nearly her complete life. As a nurse, she spent years caring for others and felt she ought to have been extra conscious.

“I’ve seen all the horrible things of lung cancer and I still continued to smoke,” she stated.

It’s one thing she handled 18 years in the past when her husband died.

“Cancer took my husband so fast I thought, ‘if I don’t have anything done how long do I have and if I have something done how long do I have?'” she stated.

Luckily, docs at Swedish Medical Center caught the most cancers early with a lung most cancers screening.

“The cancer was only in my lung nowhere else in my entire body,” Livingston stated.

She underwent surgical procedure and chemotherapy and a 12 months later is most cancers free.

“It’s good, very good,” Livingston stated.

She stated it lets her get again to doing the issues she loves – like cardmaking.

People who’re lively people who smoke can generally qualify to get the lung most cancers screening totally free – you simply must examine along with your physician. Experts say if detected early, most cancers could be handled and generally cured.

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