How a doctor’s visit helped save my life
In the last two years, Bill B. has battled and won the fight against not one, but two different cancers. A true survivor shares his story.
Bill and his wife Debbie with
Brandon and Ryder.
Bill had always been a good patient and followed all the rules. He ate right, went to the gym, kicked his smoking habit 20 years ago, didn't drink too much and took care of himself. He and his wife, Debbie, made an effort to cook healthy dishes, and relaxed by traveling frequently throughout the west. After 31 years as a VP at Del Monte, he retired and focused on spending more time with his grandchildren.
In addition to pursuing a healthy lifestyle, Bill was religious about going in for his annual physicals. Little did he know that several unexpected doctor visits would eventually help save his life.
In 2009, Bill had persisting pain in his left lower back that became a concern. An ultrasound found swollen glands that weren't progressing, but also weren't healing. Over two months, he lost 20 pounds. He knew something was wrong, and so did his oncologist.
After a negative first biopsy, a second biopsy tested positive. At the age of 58, Bill was diagnosed with stage two non-Hodgkins Lymphoma just two days before Christmas. Pursuing treatment as quickly as possible, Bill underwent chemotherapy from January until April of 2010.
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