Livingston woman battling lung cancer wants to encourage other cancer patients

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lung cancer awareness month is recognized every November. As one Livingston woman fights lung cancer, she wants to encourage others during their battle.

Brenda Wileman was diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. She is overcoming this battle one chemotherapy session at a time and wants others to be encouraged during their fight with the deadliest type of cancer.

"The best thing is to have lots of faith in God," Wileman said. "I think that's the biggest thing. Just laugh as much as you can, think positive. Every time you seem to think negative if you just walk outside, look around at things like the sky, the birds, and the plants. I think with this illness everything has taken on such a vivid color. It's just beautiful, and we don't stop long enough to really look at it."

Lung cancer is the most deadly form of the disease. It's also the most common.

Dr. Mohammad Siddiqui, a Memorial Health Systems of East Texas pulmonologist, said. "It is the leading cause of death in the United States. More people die of lung cancer than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined."

When Wileman was first diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago, she was told that she would have to go through 35 treatments of radiation and seven weeks of chemotherapy, something she was opposed to because her sister died of lung cancer three years ago. However, she had a change of heart.

"I just sat down kind of like a stubborn mule in that chair, and my daughter said I'm not going to tell you to go, but I'm not going to tell you not to go," Wileman said. " She said, 'Now, you sit there a little while and think about it,' and I felt very selfish for not wanting to live."

Siddiqui wants you to know that like any other cancer, many lives can be saved with the help of awareness of lung cancer.

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