“Anyone with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer”
Fitness instructor Heidi Nafman-Onda was shocked to be diagnosed with stage IIIA adenocarcinoma lung cancer in October 2018 at the age of 55. As a healthy and active non-smoker, lung cancer was never on her radar. Heidi had a CT scan for workup of an ovarian cyst, with elevated tumor marker, when the radiologist spotted a mass on her lung and two enlarged lymph nodes. This lung cancer diagnosis took an emotional toll on Heidi and her family. The assumption that Heidi is a long-time smoker continues to frustrate her, even after successfully completing treatment and moving into survivorship. St. Elizabeth, along with groups like the White Ribbon Project, hopes to help disassociate this stigma from lung cancer.