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Local woman that completed bucket list item continues to fight cancer

SAYRE, Pa. (WBNG) — Finding out you or someone you love has cancer can be extremely difficult. Dolly Talcott went through this experience a few years ago.

“December 2016 is when I was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,” said Talcott.

Her outlook was quite bleak for a while, but things are looking much better these days.

“Right now she’s on a maintenance treatment that is just trying to keep things at bay so it doesn’t progress. She’s been doing really well with it. We’ve had a few setbacks, but she has really pushed through,” said Guthrie Clinic Physician Assistant Catherine Morelli, who has been with Talcott for most of her treatments.

Though she’s still getting treatments about once a month, doctors have told her that her cancer is in remission.

“They had thought that I wouldn’t make it past March of 2017, and here I am today,” said Talcott.

Giving her time to reflect, especially on the experience she had to check off a bucket list item of flying in a helicopter back in November 2017.

“Angelo Ranieri, he made me feel so comfortable, like I knew him forever. He took me up in the air and it was like being on air,” said Talcott.

Dolly also thinks back on how much her family has pushed her to keep fighting:

“It’s been an emotional roller coaster. Ups and downs and you just take the good days and deal with the bad days, that’s all you can do,” said Dolly’s husband Charles Talcott.

As well as the staff at Guthrie, who have gotten her to this point.

“They make you feel like family. You know, you never have a down moment even when you get bad news. They have a way of cheering you up and make you go,” said Talcott.

That’s why Dolly wants to share her story with everyone. So that whoever is out there fighting cancer knows to stay strong, and to keep going.

Damon Matson

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