Jacqueline Nalls Diagnosed 2009
At age 50 I lost 40lbs from changing my eating habits and exercising regularly. I felt healthy and fit. However, one bad habit remained, I was a smoker, had been for 30 years. I made a commitment to quit at age 50, this would be my third attempt. In April I went to see my OBGYN. He ordered a urine test and ultrasound. The ultrasound detected a tumor in my bladder, it was muscle invasive. The tumor was removed in May. It was cancerous. I had my bladder removed in June and got a neobladder and hysterectomy.
Jacqueline’s Silver Lining
This journey has changed me forever. I am so grateful to be alive, I take less for granted. I’ve met wonderful people who continue to help me grow and who were there holding my hand through it all, and now I want to hold as many hands as I can. And, I quit smoking; quitting smoking had been the hardest thing to do, but now looking back after beating cancer, it was by far the easiest.
Jacqueline’s non-medical secret to survival
My mantra was “no fear – just faith”. I put my trust in God only and surrounded myself with prayer from family and friends and believed I would beat cancer, and I have.