Northside Hospital - Now cancer free, local woman discusses her breast cancer treatment at Northside

Now cancer free, local woman discusses her breast cancer treatment at Northside

Posted on: May 29, 2019

 

Visiting her gynecologist in early 2013, Belinda was made aware of an anomaly in her breast and promptly scheduled a mammography. On April 30, 2013, the results of her mammogram reflected bad news: Belinda was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Recalling this moment, Belinda describes her diagnosis as, “some of the most devastating news a person can receive.” A self-professed ‘safety-driven woman,’ Belinda immediately started searching for a surgeon, and was quickly referred to one by her primary care physician.

Prior to her surgery, and so that she would have a better understanding of what her upcoming cancer treatment might entail, Belinda spoke with her surgeon for suggestions and advice on choosing an oncologist. She wanted an oncologist who shared her attention to detail, and was promptly referred to Dr. Christina Saurel of Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic (NGDC).

Dr. Saurel extensively outlined each and every step while walking Belinda through her treatment process, something Belinda appreciates to this day.

Dr. Saurel was compassionate, perceptive, highly intelligent and frank,” Belinda said. “I had an amazing experience with her.”

In January 2014, following six chemotherapy treatments and 33 rounds of radiation therapy, Belinda was declared cancer-free.

While Belinda is quick to sing the praises of Dr. Saurel and the NGDC, she’s also grateful for the support she received from friends, family, coworkers and church members. She goes as far to mention the ‘wig-parties’ she had with her friends during radiation treatment.

I received cards, emails, calls and prayers from everyone – it felt like a community-wide effort to get me to where I am today.”

Now healthy and retired, Belinda enjoys life surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren.

I try to stay active and busy, exercising at least five days a week,” she said, “but my grandchildren and church are our top priorities.”

Asked as to what advice she might give to a person recently diagnosed with cancer, Belinda encourages those who are down to remain hopeful.

Never be afraid to express your emotions or to ask for help,” she said. “You need to take a deep breath to absorb your diagnosis and pray for strength, courage and guidance, and realize that you are still alive and that there is always hope.”


*The health story shared here may portray atypical results of survival for this type of cancer, given its severity and stage. Atypical results are considered surviving a cancer that has less than a 50 percent five-year survival rate. Patients should consult an expert to discuss specific treatment plans and the possible outcomes before making medical decisions.

Filed under: Cancer, Patient Stories,

 

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