For a long time, the only thing that could slow Nanci down was her nagging cough. Experiencing it from a young age, simply raising her voice or singing could trigger shortness of breath. As her symptoms continued into adulthood, she often blamed her weight. She tried to exercise more while her doctors continued to prescribe asthma medications and antihistamines, but none of it seemed to alleviate the agitation. “It was very frustrating,” says Nanci. “I’d see a new doctor or try a new medicine every few years, but nothing worked. I felt so discouraged.”
In addition to being a wife and mother of two, Nanci works two jobs and volunteers on the board of a hospital. “I stay really active,” says Nanci. “It’s so important in life to be connected to people, that’s why I’m involved in lots of things!” Amidst steroid and nebulizer treatments, she says she got to the point where she felt like a “walking zombie, unable to enjoy these activities that she found fulfilling”.
After significantly changing her diet several years ago, Nanci lost 60 pounds and noticed it was easier to breathe. However, the cough persisted. Shortly thereafter, she received a phone call from a hospital where, seven years prior, she had completed a routine heart scan. They told her the results revealed nodules on her lungs. “I completely freaked out,” Nanci says. “They had seen the original nodules, but I didn’t get a call until then. I didn’t feel like seeing another doctor and explaining everything all over again.”