Extended Stay America Stay Story: Candace Bennink

Extended Stay America Stay Story: Candace Bennink


I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in October of 2016 I didn’t really meet any of the risk factors at all for lung cancer. So, that definitely came as a big surprise. I got admitted to the hospital for 12 days, and ended up having four different surgeries while I was there Including major neck surgery because the tumor that was in my neck, The doctor told me that bone was nothing but dust. He said you should not even be walking around right now. I first did all of my radiation treatments and oral medications at home. For me all of the cancer was sleeping except for one tiny little spot in my lung that they think was the primary tumor. And so my doctor wanted me to do some focused radiation on that spot. I went down to Texas to do that treatment I thought I was gonna be down there about a week and a half to two weeks. And I ended up down there for almost a month. I knew that American Cancer Society did have a program that helped with lodging so I just found the 1-800 number and called somebody there and she explained the program to me and told me that I could stay at the Extended Stay America. The Keys of Hope program is so important to cancer patients and their caregivers because it allows you to feel a little bit like home when you can’t be home. Extended Stay America provided pots and pans and dishes and silverware and even a dishwasher everything we could need to make it a lot easier. The financial advantage is huge. Everything about cancer is expensive. Without the Keys of Hope program I don’t know that I would have been able to afford to go down and have the treatment done in Texas. Now that treatment is going great. It’s easy to forget about cancer altogether. I still know that that’s a possibility. I might not be here very long, but with all the research that is taking place and that will take place I do have hope for the future. The goal is to be here for a very long time to see my kids grow up and get married and have grandkids and just what everybody else wants!

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