Hank Wachter was one year into his retirement and had made his way through his to-do list of stockpiled doctors' appointments. Only one task remained: he needed a CT scan to check for lung cancer. After the scan, Hank received the diagnosis. He had cancer in his left lung.
Hank figured he had only one year left to live — two at the most. His sister died six months after her lung cancer diagnosis and his father died the same year of his diagnosis. Now seven years later, Hank credits his physicians at Winship Cancer Institute with keeping him alive.