Cancer patient: 'I got up in the morning and my car was missing'

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Waking up to your car missing from the driveway. It's not that unheard of in Yakima, but you contacted KIMA about a special case involving a woman battling cancer.

No wheels made it more difficult for her to make it weekly cancer treatments. Action News spoke with her and learned a whole lot more was on the line.

Nancy Rew has cancer. Every day things eating can be a struggle. The crippling effects don't stop there.

"I couldn't walk anymore," Nancy Rew said. "So I spent a month in the hospital and the nursing home."

Nancy got her surprising diagnosis after breaking her arm.

"I had grown a tumor that took over my whole arm," Rew said.

Doctors later found cancer in her lungs and breasts.

Medicine and chemotherapy helps keep the cancer at bay. Nancy drives herself to the North Star Lodge cancer treatment center four times a week,

Nancy's already difficult battle got worse when those regular trips for treatment got harder, and not because of the disease.

"Last Tuesday I got up in the morning and my car was missing," she said.

It meant asking for more help - losing her car felt like losing her independence.

"I'm just now getting my strength back, where I can drive to appointments. It means a lot to me because I really feel like this was a real turning point," she said.

"Sometimes the physical part has recovered from the vigors of treatment, but psychologically still dealing with what's happened to me with this diagnosis," said Dr. Vicky Jones, cancer specialist.

Nancy is one of 239 people who had their car stolen so far this year in Yakima. That's down from 280 last year for the same time period. More than 1,100 cars were stolen all of last year.

"When you got to the scene, what was the feeling when you first laid eyes on your car?" KIMA asked.

"Oh, excitement and happiness," Rew said.

Nancy's relief came when police found her car a week later. Now, she's equipped with a little metal.

"Didn't even bring my car home until I bought that," she said.

Nancy is once again able to driver herself to cancer treatments - a sign of independence. And, for her, a sign of recovery.