My name is Linda Wortman and I’m a nonsmoker. I flew for Northwest Airlines for 35 years. I began my career in 1973. January 11, 2008, I was diagnosed with non small cell Lung Cancer. I never realized the unknown devastating health risks associated with second hand smoke! Do you? Two years prior to my diagnosis, I questioned, Do I have SARS or TB?… My local doctors office would just send me home with a ZPac Rx, for my annoying cough & choking symptoms. Also saying, “You don’t need a chest x-ray”! … My physical exam at Mayo Clinic is where I finally found the answers.
Thanks to the grace of God, my loving husband Jerry and wonderful medical care at Mayo Clinic, I am a lung cancer survivor. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life and works closely with NCI cancer clinical studies funded by National Cancer Institute; these collaborations are why I am alive today!
I’m sharing my experience to provide hope and resources to people, both ‘smokers and nonsmokers’,
To help spread the message, I have set a goal to run a 5k race in every state in the union.