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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. Read and watch stories about survivors’ treatments – and their lives after cancer.
Mike Horton, Lung Cancer Survivor
Mike Horton wasn’t feeling bad. He wasn’t wheezing or sneezing or showing any signs that would suggest there was anything wrong with his lungs. But his wife noticed he didn’t have the energy he used to. She encouraged him to see his family doctor. Dr. Roger Archer knew Mike was a former smoker and recommended he take advantage of the free lung screenings at Indian Path Community Hospital. Mike’s decision to have the scan saved his life.
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.
Beth & Jean Jinks, Cancer Patients & Survivors
When Jean Jinks was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, her daughter, Beth, was prepared to stay by her side. However, Beth didn’t know that she, too, would need breast cancer treatment – the same year.
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 was given a prescription of antibiotics. Still, the congestion and struggle to breathe continued, so her physician ordered a chest X-ray. Her world stopped when the results revealed a visible tumor in her lung. And it was malignant.
Kathaleen Hutchinson, Breast Cancer Survivor
When Kathleen Hutchinson noticed a knot on her right breast, she thought she had simply hit something. After all, the mammogram results she had six months before were normal. Still, she decided to check it out and saw her doctor. Kathleen was shocked when a mammogram and an ultrasound revealed invasive Stage 3 breast cancer. Her next step proved to be the key to managing her unexpected journey with reassurance and strength.