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Ms. Skeedie

I want to relay my story because an Angel saved my life. In January, 2016, I had a CT scan done of my brain to check for a possible TIA. When I met with the Neurologist to talk about the results, he casually mentioned that there was a cloudy spot on my lung but said we would address that later. “Later” never came. One day in the following August, I got a letter from the Patient Navigator at this large Medical Center. She asked me to call her to talk about this spot. I called her immediately! She told me that the spot needed to be checked. She set up an appointment with a Pulmonologist that my husband had seen earlier. I met with the pulmonologist who suggested there was a chance that it might be cancer. She said that she wanted to discuss it with her team. I went home and waited. When she called me back she told me that they all thought it was Mucinous Adinocarcinoma and that I needed surgery. I met with the surgeon she recommended and scheduled the day. Results: My right upper lobe was cancerous and was removed. There was no cancer anywhere else, and I went home 3 days later.

I have never smoked and had no symptoms. If it had not been for a very thorough Patient Navigator, my Angel, I might not have ever found out.

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Comments

  • vikkr
    2 weeks ago

    How do we find out if we have a navigator-do all insurance companies have them, or only certain ones? That is a great idea, glad your Angel was watching over you.

  • Alisa moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi @vikkr. When I was in treatment, my cancer care team from my hospital had a patient navigator to help us through. Have you reached out to your care team about getting the help? Kindly, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

  • Pamela moderator
    1 year ago

    Wow, @brendaturner! What an incredible story and I’m so glad that your Patient Navigator followed up with you about the spot on your lung. One of our contributors wrote about the incredible role of navigators in health care (https://lungcancer.net/living/unsung-heroes-nurse-navigators/) and sang similar praises! It is so great that the cancer had not spread and that you could go home so quickly. Thank you for sharing this great story with us here! All the best, Pam (LungCancer.net Team Member)

  • Brendaturner author
    1 year ago

    When I got home from the hospital after surgery, the first thing I did was call My Angel to thank her for saving my life.

  • Pamela moderator
    1 year ago

    @brendaturner – She must have been so thrilled to hear from you and to find out how well you did post-surgery. Patient and nurse navigators are such important members of the care team. Warmly, Pam (LungCancer.net Team Member)

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