GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) – A couple from Gloucester are fighting for their lives together.
During the Lung Cancer Awareness Month, they have a story to share and a reminder to others.
Lisa and Seth Doyle have known each other since the age of 14 and have been together for 18 years. Together, they share four children and three grandchildren.
They admit they have had a lot of hardships their entire lives, but few things are like the cancer diagnosis they both received. The Doyles fight together against lung cancer and were diagnosed at intervals of only 5 weeks.
Lisa received her diagnosis in July after several bronchitis attacks that occurred again and again. She said her doctor's words would not register at first.
"The doctor said, I've been scanning your scans all afternoon and I'm sorry it's lung cancer."
Seth knew they would pass their diagnosis and treatment together the way they did 35 years , That was until he got the same news, but worse.
"But then things changed because my husband was also diagnosed with the same lung cancer," Lisa said. "Being is incurable, it spreads to his brain. He has 1
" I may have a year, a year and a half, "Seth said," I'm afraid of what's going to happen to her, I'm not afraid of dying because I'm going to a better place. I'm scared to leave her here … all alone, sick, bills rolling in, that scares me the most.
They pray for a miracle and say they have shocked doctors and over-visited the hospital, including their biopsies.
"I gave him my thumbs up, he's ready for the surgery, I went in with his blue hat first," Lisa said. "We wake up together in recovery, and you have nurses who come and say 'oh my god, really?'
Lisa decided to stop her chemo while Seth continued the radiation.
"I've known him since I was 14 years old, was together since the age of 18, can not sit back and be treated, fight for my life and live positively when I see him die," Lisa said. This is an opportunity that I would like to use. We both can not lie back in bed. "He says he wants me to be happy again, he wants me to go into remission and have a happy life."
"If anything happens to me, it is still Young enough, "said Seth. "Well, it does not look good to me, so why stop her treatment if I'm not looking anyway, and I think she'd be young enough if anything happens to me."
Seth stopped to listen the diagnosis to work on. They say support from friends like Brandy McCreery is invaluable.
"Maybe we could raise some money while they fight for their lives because I do not feel like they should be fighting for their homes," McCreey said.
"It is in the hands of God and I trust in it and hope for a miracle," said Lisa.
The question remains: Why did this pair basically succumb to lung cancer at the same time? They both have their own theories.
"I read that cancer … is usually associated with a kind of severe trauma," Lisa said. "We lost our son a few years ago and it was unimaginable sorrow. The grief over the loss of our son was so great that he was on life support for four days. It's not just like receiving a call and getting it done.
In the meantime, Seth spent his life working on floors and knew that he was in contact with asbestos.
"It's a living nightmare, you wake up every morning and you think, is that real?"
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