From OHC, Specialists in the Treatment of Adult Cancers and Blood Disorders
June 26, 2020
Each year in June, the world celebrates cancer survivors.
At OHC, we understand that being diagnosed with cancer is a personal experience. How people respond to their diagnosis, treatment and emotions differs from person to person. We’ve learned that some like to be called survivors and others prefer not.
Whichever your preference may be, we like to take this opportunity to thank our patients for choosing our doctors and staff at OHC to be a part of your care team. We consider it an honor and a privilege to have helped you through your experience.
We took the opportunity to ask our patients/survivors to share their experience and offer advice to other cancer patients. We spoke with five amazing OHC cancer patients who have completed treatment and are considered survivors what advice they would have for someone who is newly diagnosed or in the middle of treatment.
“I made up my mind I was going to beat it. I want to be here for my family; my wife, my five kids and my grandkids. My advice to others going through cancer is don’t quit! Never give up hope. Just make up your mind you’re going to beat it,” said Dale Scott, a Colerain resident who was diagnosed in August 2019 with esophageal cancer. “My treatment included surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and my last PET scan showed I was in remission.”
For Sharron Moon, her advice is to accept support from others and allow yourself to lean on them.
“When I was diagnosed, my kids were still in high school. I wanted to be there for them as they were going off to college,” said Sharron who lives in Evanston. “I am a 15-year cervical cancer survivor. I tell people don’t panic when you hear the word cancer. Just follow your doctor’s orders and lean on others. They can be really helpful.”
Kim Powell, who was diagnosed five years ago with breast cancer, agrees.
“Accept help from family and friends,” Kim said. “If they want to drive you to a treatment, let them. If they want to fix a meal, say yes and then thank you. But mostly, be kind and patient with yourself and remember this will not last forever.”
Harrison resident Julie Ventura had a different reaction when diagnosed with anal cancer in August 2019. “I thought, ‘I don’t have time for cancer. I have too many fun things to do in life.’”
Julie said she allowed herself two minutes of, ‘oh poor me’ then she jumped feet first into the battle and let cancer know it had messed with the wrong woman.
“I told myself, ‘This, too, shall pass,’ and I stayed positive. Now, there were many days when I cried and cried because of the pain. But I knew it would eventually end,” said Julie. “The doctors, nurses, technicians and staff of OHC were my cheerleaders and they made sure I smiled my way through the entire process.”
As New Richmond resident Mary Troxell spoke over the phone, you could hear in the background why she is thrilled to be a survivor.
“I have a one-week-old granddaughter,” Mary explained as her granddaughter cooed in the background. “I’m glad to be here for my kids and grandkids. I’m a three-year survivor of stage 4 anal cancer. My advice to others is to relax and try not to worry about anything. Keep good, positive thoughts.”
Wherever you are in your personal cancer journey, the team at OHC is ready to help you with the latest treatments, promising new therapies through our clinical trials and supportive care during and after treatment. If you would like to share your OHC story of survival, email us at OHCCares@usoncology.com .
Pictured, top of the page are OHC’s Mark Johns, MD, survivor Mary Troxell, and Cali Callihan, RN.Comments (0)