You know the old expression, “it takes a village?” Well, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute defines this sentiment when it comes to fighting cancer. Trust me, I speak from experience.
In May of 2010 I was diagnosed with stage III invasive lobular carcinoma; I had a mass the size of a large lemon in my left breast. As soon as I was diagnosed, I began what survivors know as the “cancer dance.” I started seeing numerous specialists at numerous clinics who were all treating me individually without ever working together to provide a collaborative plan to fight my cancer. I was scared, exhausted and overwhelmed. It was during this time that my primary care physician encouraged me to go to OHSU.
During my first call to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, I felt something I hadn’t since my diagnosis: relief. My conversation with Sierra Romesburg, R.N. immediately put me at ease and set the stage for the kind of care I would receive. From that point on, I always knew that I had a team behind me, taking every step with me in my fight against cancer. They worked together to help me understand all of my options regarding treatment and the feeling of support l had throughout my entire battle was remarkable. I am now cancer-free.
Just as OHSU understands that it takes collaboration and a true team approach to fight cancer, they also know how important it is to treat and heal the whole person, not just the illness. Around the same time I became “cancer-free” Susan Hedlund, M.S.W., L.C.S.W, joined the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute as manager of Patient and Family Support Services. This program puts into practice OHSU’s concept of making the journey for any cancer patient the best it can be — from financial, housing and transportation assistance during treatment, to survivorship retreats and support groups following treatment.
Your annual gift to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute can literally make a difference in the life of a patient. Whether it pays for ground-breaking research or patient support services — such as a tank of gas, a night’s stay in a hotel room for a patient who must travel to Portland for their treatment or the cost of registration to attend a survivorship retreat — your gift is transformative to the patient who benefits. Make a gift today and make a difference for someone like me.
Breast Cancer Survivor