Marilyn Petrich

marilyn-petrichI was diagnosed with lung cancer a year and a half ago. I am a former smoker, but quit 40 years ago so I never thought about the possibility of lung cancer. I was very fortunate that while undergoing a cardiac screening, I had a CT scan and an abnormality showed up on my lungs. My primary care physician followed up with me and I ended up being diagnosed with stage 1B lung cancer. Because of my diagnosis, I am a strong advocate for screening and early detection.

I learned of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation while attending a lung cancer support group. ABOHLF is a wonderful organization and they do much to try to raise awareness. They also host fundraising events and I had the pleasure of participating in their spring Women’s Wellness Tea and the A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities this summer. A large portion of their fund raising money helps benefits lung cancer research which is currently terribly underfunded. They also recruit volunteers to provide support to lung cancer patients and I signed up to be a support volunteer. I very much appreciate the work A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation does.