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Couple diagnosed with the same cancer within the same year

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After nearly a lifetime of smoke, one couple decided it was time to quit.

With four kids and 14 grandchildren, both Cheryl and Steve Conway were determined to stick around to see their youngest grandchild graduate high school. 

The couple found a primary care physician through Covenant Health. 
"After talking to them about how much they'd been smoking, or how long that led us to doing cancer screening," Physician Joshua Hill said. 

Steve was the first to be screened. After a few tests, it was clear to the doctors, he had stage 2 lung cancer. 
"When he came in, I just wanted to cry," Cheryl said. "But he said, no, no don't cry."

Within 48 hours, Steve was already undergoing chemotherapy. 
"He got intro treatment and started doing well, and then it was her turn to come for the low dose cancer screening and unfortunately, hers was positive as well," Hill said. 

Together, the two are determined to win this battle. Steve is in remission, while his wife, diagnosed as stage 3 is about halfway through hers. 

"You need to have a spouse that will stay by you, stand beside you," Cheryl said. 

If it was not for their willingness to tell the truth about their smoking history, the Conway's would not have caught it when they did. 
"That's what we need in health care, that's what we need to win this battle against cancer is to have open and honest dialogue with the physicians and patients," Hill said. 

With their love and faith, these two are staying strong. 

"I've got the good Lord looking after me and with him, you cannot fail," Cheryl said.

The couple adds it took them four tries before they were able to quit. They urge anyone who has a history, be honest with your doctor and ask for a screening.

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