"It was difficult to hear 'I’m sorry, but your breast cancer
has spread to your liver'. Just as unbearable was the realization
that I would not finish the school year with my third graders. I will
live the rest of my life as a cancer patient, but I have the comfort of
knowing that I will not travel this road alone. Whatever may come of my
treatment, I have the pride that I created four beautiful children and
have a family, a team, which continues to love and support me. I will
spend the rest of my life making sure everyone knows they mean the world to me.
I am thankful to have a compassionate doctor like Dr. Robert Havard Jr.
at Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, who has never given up on me and continues
to be encouraging. He makes me feel at ease and assures me that I don’t
have to worry because he has the next step planned for me. I truly feel
that I have a doctor that is on the job, all the time. Also, I am thankful
for my chemotherapy nurse, Senovia Banuelos, who is wonderfully compassionate,
caring and helpful." –Heidi
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