A LISBURN man who had a lung removed after
being told he had just a year left to live is urging smokers to
think twice about lighting up.
Isaac Keery, 62, was diagnosed with cancer
last April and told he could expect to live just 12 months if he
didn't have his left lung taken out.
Recalling the moments when he was given the
heart wrenching news an emotional Isaac said: "It didn't dawn on
me how serious things were until a Macmillan Nurse spoke to me
at the hospital after my x-ray and scan results were in. I kept
thinking 'am I really going to die?'
"It was all happening so quickly but I had
the support of the Macmillan Nurses every step of the way and I
really can't speak highly enough of the care I received from the
After a successful operation Isaac, who had
to give up his roofing contractor business, required
chemotherapy but this made him angry and depressed. "It was
after my chemotherapy treatment that I became suicidal. The pain
was unbearable and many a time I just burst into tears. The
anger that went through me was unbelievable but I
owe my sanity to the Macmillan Nurses who
were with me every step of the way. The counselling I received
at the Macm