Dr. Norman “Norm” Fintel - Small cell, non-smoker lung, stage IV - Years of Survivorship: 7 months
I celebrated my 90th in January, 2015. A year later I was diagnosed with non smokers lung cancer. Jo had her cancer in 1986 so I know the agony of the verdict, but now it was me! The route was painful, but after three months the radiation and immunotherapy treatments succeeded and I was given the magic word, “Remission”. I lost 30 pounds, regaining 12 in the last three months. I regained my spirit and sense of mission, and my determination to move on. I am grateful to the warm embrace and loving care of Dr. Richardson, my son Bill, and everyone at Salem’s Blue Ridge Cancer Care Center.
Jeanette “Jo” Fintel- Breast Cancer - Years of Survivorship: 31 years
Born in Waukon, Iowa to a mother who taught school in a country one-room schoolhouse, after graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, I taught school for nine years before marrying Norm. While raising three children ~ Bill was our middle child and only son ~ we lived in Minneapolis before moving to Salem. My cancer was diagnosed and treated 31 years ago, during my 14 years serving as the First Lady of Roanoke College. I was fortunate that a lumpectomy and radiation removed and stopped all of my cancer.
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