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February 2, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 15 Cancer victim finds strength Free oral h,st0ry in faith and her community workshop you want to make sure your family stories are BY PATTI CARPENTER A persistent and nag- ging pain in her side and encouragement by a friend to see a doctor caused 45-year-old Lovell resident Paula Verdetto to pay a visit to her doctor. At first, her doctor thought that she had a urinary tract infection and prescribed a course of antibiotics to treat the infection. Two weeks later, when the pain persisted and she felt her energy dwindling, Verdetto returned to her doctor for more tests. "I knew something was wrong, I could just feel it," said Verdetto. "A close friend of mine was hon- est with me and told me she didn't think I looked good and that I should go back to the doctor. This confirmed what I already knew. Something was wrong. So I took her advice and returned to the doctor the next day." More tests, including a CT Scan, showed a mass in her uterus and a biop- sy confirmed that she had cancer. "From this point for- ward, my head was swim- ming with every thought a person goes through after hearing the C-word," said Verdetto. A surgery was sched- uled for Nov. 28 after tests revealed it was endometri- al cancer within her uterus that had already spread to one ovary and one fallopian tube. "Cancer does run in my family, but who wants to hear that diagnosis?" said Verdetto. "I knew some- thing was wrong." Her husband Mike asked the doctor the bold question, "Is this a death sentence?" The doctor an- swered, "absolutely not," giving the couple the hope and courage to face a treat- ment program that would not only include surgery but chemotherapy and ra- diation treatments, as well. "That's my husband," explained Verdetto. "He's very up front and he asked the question that was go- ing on in my head." Within a few weeks of the surgery Verdetto got the good news that it had not metastasized, but she faced the realization that this was only the beginning of her fight against the dis- ease. Unfortunately, Verdet- to doesn't have health in- surance. The surgery bill alone was $48,000 and bills will surely mount as she continues her treatments. "I have to say that I don't think I could have gotten through this if it wasn't for the people here in this town," said Verdet- to. "I don't claim to be a very religious person, but my husband and I are very spiritual people, and I be- lieve that somewhere down COURTESY PHOTO Lovell resident Paula Verdetto was diagnosed with cancer in November. Verdetto is undergoing treatments but doesn't have health insurance. the road somebody is going to be going through this just like me, and I'll be able to help them in some way." Already, cancer survi- vors from within the com- munity have come forward to offer support and people of all religions have offered to pray for her. "We have had support and prayers from people all over the world actually," said Verdetto. "Even the regular folks here in town have come forward to pray for us, and I can feel their prayers." Verdetto and her hus- band Mike moved to Wyo- ming close to 12 years ago, settling in Lovell literal- ly because their car broke down and someone offered to rent them a place to live in Lovell. Since then they have formed many last- ing friendships in the com- munity through their in- volvement in the Masonic Lodge, the Widows Sons motorcycle group connect- ed with the Masonic Lodge and their bowling team. "Wyoming has been good to us, but most of all, it's the people here who have been good to us," said Verdetto. "Both of us are from big cities back east and my family just can't be- lieve how good people have been to us through all this." Verdetto says she is overwhelmed by the sup- port she's received from people in the area. "I don't want can- cer to be my number one thought," explained Ver- detto. "I want to have a normal life. Yes, I have cancer. Yes, I'm receiving treatments for it, but it's not going to beat me. It's not going to be the thing that takes me out of this world." Editors note: A fund has been set up for Paula Verdetto, because she has no health insurance. Do- nations are being accept- ed at http://dying to ride. org/paula.htm and at the First Bank of Wyoming in Lovell. not lost? Do you want to train your students or volunteers at a museum or school to con- duct thorough interviews for an oral history program? An oral history train- ing workshop with historian Linda Orrell, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Park County Li- brary in Cody. The workshop is free and open to the pub- lic. This workshop is open to anyone, professional or ama- teur, to learn how to capture critical histories. Orrell's oral history ca- reer began with Pearl Har- bor survivors in Atlanta, Ga. Her goal was to bring history alive in her American Stud- ies classroom. As a result, she received a grant to inter- view Pearl Harbor survivors at Pearl Harbor. For more information, call the Homesteader Mu- seum at 754-9481 or Park County Archives at 527- 8530. Correction: School makes honor roll fix In last week's Chron- icle, Cole Simmons' grade point average was listed in- correctly. Rocky Mountain Middle School has corrected his average. It should have been reported as a grade point average of 4.0. ...... :: Slop in and ask about memberships, gel o lour of our facility Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-6:30 p.m. or call 548-2639 for more information. 'Nortf/'B '>/,rn qspital'District. . 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