It all started with a broken tooth.

Lisa Williams, 56, says after beating Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and enduring bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia off and on afterward, she thought she may finally be on the mend.

“However, in spring 2012, I noticed my hearing was getting worse, and I went to UC Health to have a CT scan done,” she says. “They found an acoustic neuroma, which is a slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain, and they decided to give me three high doses of radiation to shrink the tumor.”

Around the same time, Williams said one of the fillings in her teeth fell out, and she started to notice a painful spot on her tongue that she just attributed to her tooth and maybe even ear problems.