Donna Deter, 59
Lung Cancer - Diagnosed 2009
Donna with Sara Scheehle (Look Good Feel Better Facilitator and Relay For Life Mission Chair) and Maggie Truchan (survivor and Relay For Life Event Chair)
My cancer story: In 2009, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had a right upper lobectomy in October of that year. The cancer was gone. By June of 2010, I noticed tumors on my right side. They were removed but the cancer had returned. At this point, I was informed I was stage 4 lung cancer with a possible 6 months to live. So many things were going on in my life at that time. My 5th grandbaby was born on the day of my diagnosis! So with that in mind, I decided I had to fight wholeheartedly and with the grace of God at my side. So I started chemo with my best friend, Nancy, by my side. She never missed a treatment! Three treatments later, my cancer was gone. Over the next three years, the cancer has come and gone, and I have been through multiple chemotherapies. So far this year, I have been remission!
Caregiver shout-out: I want to thank my wonderful family, my fabulous co-workers, and friends for keeping my spirits high, and for the laughter and support you have given me. You're the best!
Lessons learned on your cancer journey: What I have discovered is that there is HOPE! There are so many places out there to help you get through this time. The American Cancer Society is a great place to start - 1-800-227-2345.
Message to newly diagnosed and patients in treatment: I would like to say to anyone out there that is suffering with cancer, or who is a caregiver for someone with cancer, THERE IS HOPE! Surround yourself with family, friends and laughter and always keep a positive attitude. God bless you all!
Donna is a member of Fall In Step For The Fight team for Relay For Life of Belmont County and has benefitted from the Belmont County Look Good Feel Better Program. If you are a survivor and/or would like to get involved with Relay For Life, please contact Chelsea Edwards at 888.227.6446 x3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.