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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, breast cancer survivor
After Donna 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, breast cancer survivor
When Kathaleen 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, breast cancer survivor
When Juanita 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, lung cancer survivor
The cold symptoms just wouldn’t go away. Finally, Rita 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, lung cancer survivor
Mike 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.