In her line of work, a Sumner County sheriff's detective knows firsthand how important it is to donate blood. But she never thought she would be the one needing help.
Detective Lisa House was in the fight for her life after being diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer that required an extensive treatment plan that included several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.
"I had chemo four days a week when I had it. Usually about that third day, I could feel tired and worn down, and by the weekend I was in bed," House said.
At one point, her blood levels started to drop. She was very weak and needed a blood transfusion.
Receiving the donated blood made a difference right away, she said.
"It gave me new life. It literally gave me life," House said. "I felt, the next day, like I was a new person. My family said it's like daylight and dark. I mean, I had more strength."
And that's why House is sharing her story. She wants you to roll up your sleeve and donate.
She knows it made a difference in her life and said there are others, just like her, in need.
As for her health, just as House finished up her treatment for cervical cancer, doctors determined that a small mass on her lung was cancerous.
That was removed last month, and right now she is cancer-free.
For more information on how and where you can donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.
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