Being a nonsmoker and living a healthy lifestyle, I was floored when I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2013. As there is no cancer in my family tree, it was even more shocking. Seeking treatment I immediately sensed a stigma surrounding lung cancer. Everyone assumes you smoked. That angered me and to add insult to injury it seemed that all the focus and funding was on breast cancer.
I heard about the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation from a brochure at the University of Minnesota. I have participated in the A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities for the last two years. I am grateful for all the work they do.