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Cancer Care Patient Stories
Hearing the word “cancer” can bring someone’s world to a stop.
But at Ballad Health, we’re committed to fighting by our patients’ sides every step of the way, both medically and emotionally, until cancer is a distant memory.
Donna Ferguson, breast cancer survivor
After Donna Ferguson beat breast cancer in 2006, she didn’t dream she’d have to fight it again less than seven years later. This time, she turned to Ballad Health’s cancer practice in Johnson City. Now, a year later, Donna was (and remains) completely cancer-free.
Kathaleen Hutchinson, breast cancer survivor
When Kathaleen Hutchinson noticed a knot on her breast, she thought she had just hit something. Though a mammogram six months before was normal, new tests showed Stage 3 cancer. Her next step proved key to managing her unexpected journey.
Juanita Vaughn, breast cancer survivor
When Juanita Vaughn noticed a large lump two months after a mammogram reported normal results, her doctor sent her back for another screening and an ultrasound. Though the lump didn’t appear to be cancer, she elected to have it removed. Thank goodness she did.
Rita Chafin, lung cancer survivor
The cold symptoms just wouldn’t go away. Finally, Rita Chafin went to the doctor and got an antibiotic. Still, the congestion and struggle to breathe continued, so her doctor ordered a chest X-ray. Her world stopped when the results showed a malignant tumor in her lung.
Mike Horton, lung cancer survivor
Mike Horton wasn’t wheezing, sneezing or showing any signs of a lung problem. But his wife noticed he didn’t have the energy he used to. Dr. Roger Archer knew Mike to be a former smoker and recommended a free lung screening. That screening saved his life.