Lung cancer survivor encourages people to stay safe and active during pandemic

VIDEO: Tulsa cancer survivor encourages others during coronavirus pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — A tennis ball-sized, cancerous tumor on the left upper lung and a nickel-sized, cancerous tumor on the right lower lung -- that was Carla Prothro’s diagnosis in 2018.

Now, she’s trying to encourage people who are at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

Doctors diagnosed Carla with cancer shortly after she had quit smoking.

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June 3, 2020 - Carla Prothro is encouraging people to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
June 3, 2020 - Carla Prothro is encouraging people to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (Carla Prothro)

Carla says she was initially shocked, in disbelief, and felt numb before her thoughts turned to her family and her treatment.

She went through chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy in addition to surgery that removed the entire upper lobe of her left lung.

Carla told FOX23 she knows contracting COVID-19 could be devastating to her or any other cancer patients or survivors because of their compromised immune systems.

However, she’s encouraging people to stay safe while also trying to stay healthy through exercise -- the way she does through walking.

She walks a 10k -- 6.2 miles -- five days a week during which she says she has time to reflect on all that’s happened over the last two years and give her a sense of normalcy during the pandemic.

“Cancer is a journey. It’s a journey that no one wants to take. But I have to take that negative and try to make something positive of it,” Carla says.

June 3, 2020 - Carla Prothro is encouraging people to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
June 3, 2020 - Carla Prothro is encouraging people to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (Carla Prothro)