When doctors diagnosed Kristin Johnson St. Goddard with stage four breast cancer, they told her she had 18 months to live. But 18 years later, Kristin is alive and going strong – though she still has cancer.
“You know, I should be dead, but I’m not,” the Seattle, Washington woman told NBC News 5.
In the past 18 years, Kristin said she has had 17 different treatments, including a mastectomy, tubes in her lungs and regular chemotherapy.
A mother, caterer and inspirational speaker, Kristin stays very active. Since her diagnosis, she has traveled to Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, France and England, she said. Frequently, she jokingly reminds people around her that she has stage four cancer and could die any day.
Anna Gottlieb, the executive director of Kristin’s cancer survivors support group, said she has never heard of anyone living 18 years with stage four cancer, the most aggressive form of cancer.
“I think Kristin shows us you still live your life while you have it,” Gottlieb told the news station. “You do not die when you’re diagnosed with cancer. You may have a long life ahead of you.”
Doctors said they are not sure why Kristin has lived so long, but her tough determination is inspiring.
“If you told somebody, ‘Go into the room and pick someone out (with cancer),’ they wouldn’t know it was me,” Kristin told the news station. “I should be dead. But I’m not. So what I’m doing must be working.”
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Kristin’s amazing story provides hope to many, especially in her home state where people diagnosed with a terminal illness, such as stage four cancer, are often targets for assisted suicide.
In 2014, 126 people died by doctor-prescribed suicide in Washington state, LifeNews previously reported. Washington was the second state in the U.S. to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. California became the fourth state to legalize it in October.
Proponents argue that such laws are necessary to provide “compassionate aid in dying for terminally ill patients,” but the rhetoric obfuscates the real truth. There are no real safeguards. It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. Plus, terminal diagnoses are often wrong, and many people defy the odds – as Kristin’s story shows.
“I’m the healthiest sick person you’ll know,” Kristin told the news station. “I don’t want to miss one minute of life, I don’t want one minute to pass me by.”