Shelly Enger-Triebenbach


In May of 2013 I was just finishing up my 18th year teaching vocal music in a public school. I noticed I would become out of breath very easily. I saw my general practitioner and received the diagnosis of pneumonia. I was given an inhaler and some antibiotics and was told to come back if I didn’t feel better. The next day I felt worse so I saw a pulmonologist who took a chest X-ray. I was immediately sent to the hospital for a pericardiocentesis and had 1.5 liters of fluid drained from around my heart. Read more

Pete Hendricks


In December 2014, I had a bad cough. By March 2015 the persistent cough was wearing me down. I saw my primary doctor who did an x-ray and saw a spot on my lung, but rather than doing a scan he suggested a change in medication. I sought out multiple opinions and medications, eventually returning back to my primary doctor who suggested blood work and ordered a scan. On June 19, 2015, my wife Judy and I went to the scan appointment. My doctor called me to tell me it didn’t look good and that it showed a cancerous tumor. Read more

Judy Kenady


I LOVE the fall in Minnesota and clearly remember the fall of 2005 following my diagnosis of lung cancer. I recall sitting on the couch looking at the gorgeous, vivid colors of the trees and feeling so calm. I knew there was absolutely nothing I could do other than trust in my faith, the physician’s, my family and friends to get me through whatever was to come. Read more

Rebecca Quaid


On October 7th, 2011, I was diagnosed with a malignant non-small cell tumor in my right middle lobe bronchus. In an instant my life changed forever. Recently I had received a CT scan of my lungs, as I have severe COPD. The scan revealed a collapsed right middle lobe. A bronchoscopy was performed, a small mass was found, and the biopsy revealed the devastating news. Read more

Jean Beales


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. Read more

Marilyn Petrich


I 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. Read more

Lori Shipman


It all started fall of 2015 with a dry cough. I was a healthy, active 46-year-old nonsmoker – a working wife and mom of three teenagers. I ate healthy, swam competitively and practiced yoga. My cough would come and go, but I was never sick enough to go to the doctor and I had no other symptoms. Read more

Kristi Flann


My cancer story began in March 2014 when I was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma lung cancer which had spread to my lymph nodes, spine, and hip. After extensive testing, I was informed I had a rare mutation called ALK and I could be treated with Xalkori which is an oral chemotherapy pill that had been successful in reducing the spread of the cancer. Read more

Julie Swedberg


Back in November of 2015, I felt a lump in my breast. I immediately panicked and went to the doctor right away. I was praised about how proactive I was being for being so attentive to my health and the symptoms that were presenting. The biopsy came back as benign, and I breathed a sigh of relief. Little did I know that the true enemy was lurking directly behind what I thought was my main risk for cancer. Read more

Katherine Bensen

Katherine Bensen

In November of 2014, Katherine Bensen, a 40-year-old nonsmoker, got on a treadmill and had trouble breathing. She tried lifting weights and couldn’t. Although Katherine had been seen by various doctors for a few years because of swollen lymph nodes, the doctors told her nothing was wrong. Katherine felt tired but thought it was due to her busy lifestyle as a wife and working mother of four. Read more