To the editor:
I was diagnosed this past June with breast cancer. The journey through the discovery and treatment, while not yet completed, has been one of fear, anxiety, decision making, love, laughter, and support by many family members, friends, colleagues, and co-workers.
I just completed my 33 treatments of radiation therapy on Oct. 1 at 21st Century Oncology in Cape Coral. I had a wonderful healthcare team who, through their caring, compassion, knowledge and experience, made the entire process very easy to endure. It was a very bittersweet moment for me; one of happiness and sadness at the same time. I will no longer be seeing these individuals five days a week; I will miss each of them immensely. From the front office personnel, to the physicians, nurses, and technicians they have made a difference in my life. I am now into a new chapter of this journey and their importance in my recovery is immeasurable.
My deepest thanks and gratitude to the employees of 21st Century Oncology:
Dr. Keith Miller, MD
David Lee, PA
Cindy, Teresa, and Nicki
Chuck, Anna, Adam, Stacy, Tara, Rachel and Heather
Leslie and Karen
And all the other employees and support staff in the Cape Coral office.
The American Cancer Society estimates in 2012 there will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women and 2,190 cases in men. I urge both women and men to get screenings. Early detection provides the ability for the best possible outcome.
I am very fortunate that I caught my breast cancer early through my annual mammogram and that my prognosis is excellent. I wish those going through this challenge the very best in their futures.
Thank you 21st Century Oncology for being there when I needed you.