By Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer, Photographer
Rudd Martin has a contagious positive spirit that never relented throughout his battle with pulmonary Hodgkins lymphoma.
After becoming concerned about symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, and a weight loss of about five pounds per week, Rudd Martin and his wife Wanda knew it was time to pay a visit to the doctor. Further investigation into his symptoms led doctors to diagnose Rudd with Stage 3b Pulmonary Hodgkins Lymphoma; an aggressive cancer of the lung. After removing nearly half a gallon of fluid from his lungs Rudd would begin an aggressive course of life-saving chemotherapy in order to combat the seven-inch mass on his lung.
Rudds wife Wanda and their daughter Karen Pena were devastated by the news of Rudds cancer diagnosis. The family thought it was a death sentence, said Wanda and though they were ready and willing to support Rudd in any way necessary, there was a lot of doubt as to whether or not he would survive. Rudd, however, had a different outlook. If youre diagnosed with cancer, you cant give up! As soon as I was told I had cancer I said Im going to beat it said Rudd. But he knew he couldnt do it alone.
Rudds wife Wanda stayed by his side throughout the ordeal. He also had the support of many friends and family members as well as the support of his church, Antioch Baptist. Rudd became emotional when describing the support he received from his family, friends, and Antioch Baptist Church members, I couldnt believe all of the prayers that were sent up for me. I could really feel the prayers working and God is so good, said Rudd. He went on to say that John 3:16 is his favorite bible verse because it reminds him how much God sacrificed just for him to live.
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