Thursday, October 30, 2014

Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Honoring Survivors

During a special breakfast on October 24, NHC recognized the tremendous obstacles surmounted by the breast cancer survivors among its patient population. Linda Grace, Nadine Jamison and Esther Perry quietly shared their stories of survival that began this year for Grace and six years ago respectively for Jamison and Perry.  

For Grace, she was laying in bed when she felt an abnormal growth. She took her concerns to Cindy Lauer, nurse practitioner and director of HSNHC's Women's Health Program, whom referred her to specialized care. Her treatment plan included a partial mastectomy, lump removals from her breasts, followed by eight weeks of chemotherapy and then eight weeks of radiation. "They say I'm cancer free. My mammogram was negative.  That's where I'm at.  I'm getting my appetite back and getting into myself again."

Jamison is a two-time survivor, receiving her diagnoses in 1994 and 2004.  In 1994, her treatment consisted of six weeks of radiation.  When her cancer returned in 2004, oncologists discovered a small mass the size of a tiny pinhead in one of the mammograms performed on her every six months since her first diagnosis. Her treatment plan continued over four years during her second care cycle.  Ultimately, she and her providers opted for full mastectomies, the removal of all breast tissue, in 2008.