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Words from Our Patients

It’s a Big Thing to Have Another Chance

Nancy, Breast Cancer Patient

At age 55, Nancy got some news she’d long suspected was coming. With a family history of cancer, she believed she was always at risk. Her concern increased as she discovered a rapidly growing lump on her breast. A mammogram, ultrasound and subsequent biopsy confirmed her fears: stage 2 breast cancer.

As a certified nurse’s aide and phlebotomist, Nancy was very familiar with the disease. However, when actually hearing her personal diagnosis she noted, “The news was a shock.”

Nancy’s gynecologist referred her to a breast cancer specialist at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “As soon as we met, I knew my doctor meant business,” Nancy explained, adding, “I put my life in her hands, and that biopsy saved my life.”

Nancy received chemotherapy every three weeks, from October 2018 through January 2019. Her Oncologist was pleased to report that the treatment was working. “The chemo was the hardest part, but the nurses were so gracious and wonderful, they just encouraged me along the way,” says Nancy.

When it came time to have surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, Nancy’s breast surgeon presented her with several options. “I chose to have a double mastectomy. I just wanted to get rid of the cancer.” Now, a year after treatment, Nancy remains touched by the compassionate care she received at Einstein. “It’s amazing to watch so many people work so hard to make you live. I’m so grateful,” she says.

As she looks to the future, Nancy is optimistic. “I’m looking forward to years with my husband doing what I love.” She quickly adds, “It’s a big thing to have another chance. If it wasn’t for Einstein, I wouldn’t be here.”

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