Day 17: Kim Ringen, survivor. “Everyone kept blowing off my concerns as typical pregnancy symptoms.”

PROFILES IN LUNG CANCER
Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Day 17: Kim Ringen, Lung Cancer Survivor
“Everyone kept blowing off my concerns as typical pregnancy symptoms.”
Twitter handle: @KimberlyRingen

Kim Ringen headshot

Who is Kim Ringen? Tell us a little bit about who you are, aside from cancer.

Funny I can’t get away from cancer even in my former life….I’m a veterinarian oncologist. I love being a veterinarian. I wanted to honor the human animal bond when picking a specialty – I chose oncology for 2 reasons. #1 I wanted to help further honor that bond by helping guide pet owners through what is considered one of the darkest days for their companions. #2 I find the intricate cellular backbone that drives cancer biology so intriguing from a science standpoint. This has been one of the hardest parts of my former life to let go… being a veterinarian is not just a job it becomes part of who you are..regardless if you are able to practice of not.

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