Whitesburg KY

Daughter had rare form of cancer

This happened right after I had retired from the military and was working for Syar Industries as the manager of its printing department in the early ‘70s.

When my baby daughter, Tammy, was 12 years old, she started having a very bad nosebleed.

We took her to Travis Air Force Hospital every day for over a week. The doctors could not find out what was wrong with her. They even asked if someone in the family was hitting her.

They admitted her into the hospital, and she started losing weight very fast. They, at one point, said she was not going to live long. That was the worst time for me and my family.

During this time they had many wounded Viet Nam veterans in Travis Hospital. Doctors from all over the country were being recalled back into military service because of the Viet Nam War.

One of those doctors was a noted cancer doctor and he was assigned to my daughter. He found out she had a very rare type of cancer of which only three cases of had ever been reported at that time. My daughter was down to 80 pounds.

He operated on Tammy and saved her life. That was over 35 years ago and my daughter has been fine ever since. Tammy and her doctor have kept in touch with each other every Christmas.

Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfi eld, Calif.

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