Dave Miller, a Pennsylvania Train Master — essentially the police chief for the railroad — assumed his fatigue and weight loss were due to the stresses of work.
When Dave’s fatigue persisted and it became difficult to breathe, he made an appointment with his primary care doctor. Following a misdiagnosis of colon cancer, Dave had a chest scan that revealed “something in his lower right lung.” His unexpected diagnosis was Stage 4 lung cancer, already spread to his liver, kidney, bones, spleen and brain.
Dave began traditional chemotherapy. When the results were only moderately effective, his medical team recommended that he have is tissue tested for its genetic makeup. Biomarker testing showed Dave’s lung cancer to be ALK+, allowing for him to receive personalized treatment.
Dave’s inspirational story takes him from the chemotherapy chair to the weight-lifting bench. His advice? “It is what it is. Live your life. Have fun.”