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Cancer Care Patient Stories

Life Restored

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 portrait photo, head and shoulders

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.

Read or watch the rest of Mark’s story here.


Donna Ferguson portrait photo, head and shoulders

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.

Read the rest of Donna’s story here.

Beth and Jean Jinks photo, head and shoulders

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.

Watch Beth and Jean tell their story here.

Juanita Vaughn portrait photo, head and shoulders

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.

Read the rest of Juanita’s story here.

Rita Chafin portrait photo, head and shoulders

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.

Read the rest of Rita’s story here.

Kathleen Hutchinson photo, head shot

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.

Read the rest of Kathaleen’s story here.