My husband and I got the news on the day before my 57th birthday- "I had lung cancer".
How could that be? I've never smoked a cigarette in my life.
But after reading a short article titled 'Nonsmokers and Lung Cancer,' I learned that radon causes lung cancer, and Iowa has the highest incidence of radon in the entire country-seven out of ten homes have levels that are too high!
My left lung was removed, and I had four rounds of chemotherapy. It took just one day to have our house mitigated. Now I'm cancer-free and feel safe to breathe the air in my own home.
I tell my story often so that other Iowans won't have to hear those unthinkable words - it's lung cancer.
-Gail, Pleasant Hill