Believe it or not, cancer survivor Jeanette Gossett said she's glad she had a case of bronchitis ten years ago. Because of it, she went to the doctor. That led to her cancer diagnosis.
"I was coughing a lot, particularly at work and really just wanted something to stop the cough," said Gossett.
An X-ray during that doctor's visit showed she had lung cancer, which came as a total surprise.
"Because I had never smoked, and I was like a lot of people and I thought lung cancer was a smoker's disease," Gossett said. "I'm absolutely convinced that it was second-hand smoke. I grew up with both parents who smoked and I spent about 43 years in the workplace around smokers. So, I'm absolutely convinced that second-hand smoke played a large part in my developing lung cancer."
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths. Gossett said she beat the odds.
After having the upper lobe of one of her lung's removed, she credits God and aggressive treatments for her success.
"I had regular checkups. I had doctors that were very persistent and aggressive in my care," said Gossett. "My checkups were frequent. They just kept a very close watch and I did very well. Early detection is the key to survival. It absolutely is the key."
Lauderdale County's Relay for Life is May 9-10 at Northeast Recreation Park, off Highway 39, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Funds raised from the event go toward research to try to find a cure for cancer.
Organizers have set a $300,000 goal. WTOK is a sponsor of Relay for Life.
News director, John Johnson, will emcee the event.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society in Meridian at 601-482-0082.