Medical Mystery: Student Stops Needing Sleep

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She said she'll always remember that right before the anesthesia took hold of her, Inabnet asked her what she wanted to listen to on the radio in the operating room. She passed out right after telling him to pick whatever he wanted, but it was calming anyway.

Inabnet said he removed the stage 2 cancer, describing the tumor as "sticky" because it stuck to Speirs' liver. Called an adrenal cortical carcinoma, Speirs' tumor affects one in several hundred thousand people, he said.

Inabnet removed it all.

"I didn't even care that there was no electricity," Speirs said of recovering in the aftermath of the storm. "I was just happy to be alive."

More than a year later, Speirs is still cancer-free, but she takes medication to be sure the cancer doesn't return.

Still, the experience sometimes hits her emotionally.

"I can be perfectly fine one day, and the next day, I'll just cry and cry and get it out of my system," she said. "I feel like my body betrayed me."

She said the medication to keep her cancer-free makes her tired, and she can no longer do hot yoga, but she is slowly learning to trust her body again.

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