During October, businesses, hospitals and various other organizations join together to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness.
As a breast cancer survivor of 18 years, and one who has had to face this disease again recently, I want to thank my church, family, friends and strangers alike for helping and loving me through this unexpected diagnosis a second time.
Fortunately, three phenomenal doctors in the Kanawha Valley helped change my life for the better.
Dr. Amy Casto, my family doctor, believed I needed a second opinion when none of my regular tests could explain a minor problem I was experiencing.
She was adamant that I see Dr. Gabrielle al-Hajj, a general surgeon, who was also determined to perform a biopsy, never really believing it was cancer.
Because of their concern for my well being, it was discovered that I had a very early stage of breast cancer that needed to be addressed, not ignored.
Together, Dr. Al-Hajj and Dr. Fred Pulido, my plastic surgeon, began their healing work at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Due to Dr. Pulido's continued kind words and calming nature during a most difficult time in my life, I feel confident about my future as a breast cancer survivor.
I am on the road to recovery, and I thank these fine physicians for their expertise, talents and caring attitudes. Along with their knowledge, the staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital and the support and laughter of so many wonderful people, I am becoming a survivor once again.