DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - Darlene Pitre had pain in her right side, so doctors found a clogged artery and decided to put a stent in.
"When we did that, she swelled up real bad and that's when we found out she had cancer," said Pitre's daughter, Ashly Setliff. Pitre was dumbfounded, she had no symptoms.
Setliff said, "A lot of times they call it the silent killer because you don't know and had she not had that stent put in, we probably wouldn't have known, but there were signs we missed. She stayed nauseated and dizzy but we thought it was from other things, other medications she was on."
Pitre had smoked for 39 years, leading doctors to believe it's what lead to her stage 4 lung cancer.
"It doesn't just affect you, it affects your family," Setliff said. Now, Pitre's family is left to pick up the pieces.
"Its off and on," Pitre said, "Some days I feel okay, some days I can't do anything but lay on the couch or bed."
But there is a plan to pro-long her life. "We're going to do chemo every 21 days because she cannot tolerate a full treatment," Setliff said.
Pitre has a message for everyone thinking of taking up the habit. "Don't do it, don't ever touch a cigarette."
Pitre's daughter has had to quit her job to help take care of her mother full time.
There will be a benefit on Sunday to help with doctors visits as the family endures this trying time. It's being held at the Dequincy Railroad Museum on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.