Oral Histories

Dale & Donna Oviatt

Donna: b. 1929 - Dale: b.1929

Donna & Dale Oviatt

Q: Do you want to talk about your medical history and how that has affected you?

Dale: I didn’t even know I had cancer until I was up to the Senior (Center) one day and (Western Lung Cancer Testing) took an x-ray and found it. Went from there. Went over to St Marys and they operated and took half of my right lung out.

Donna: He went six years before he had two more spots on his lungs.

Q: Did you work during the time that made you eligible for the government program and were you able to get the benefit.


Dale: Actually, the cancer never has bothered me all that much. Lived pretty much the way I would anyway.

Donna: But it eats you away and finally fills you up so that you die.

Q: You are lucky that you don’t have pain?

Donna: Well he’s had pain since his chemo (treatment). It gives him pains in his arms and legs and back.

Q: And you are having a chemo series now?

Donna: Yes, he goes over again tomorrow (Feb 8, 2006).

Q: Do you think you have had any health problems from living in Moab or with Dale’s work?

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