Cancer journey made easier by North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute staff.
Living in Greeley for fourteen years, Janet became very familiar with North Colorado Medical Center. It wasn’t from her own patient experience but because she had accompanied her husband on several of his patient admissions. Following recovery from his illnesses, the couple decided to move to Kentucky. They enjoyed their three years there but Janet did not feel well most of the time. They made a life-changing decision to return to Greeley in July 2006.
Although they returned safely, the moving company van containing all of their belongings was in a severe accident and they lost everything they had. Then in August 2006, Janet, now 76, followed up with physicians on her lingering sickness and was diagnosed with a large, cancerous colon tumor.
“I’ve always felt that when the Lord closes one door, another is opened,” said Janet. “Being back in Greeley and having the Cancer Institute at North Colorado Medical Center literally saved my life.”
Janet had to have chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the tumor before surgery could be performed. The patience, understanding and caring of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Institute helped her through her journey…especially her fear. The colorectal surgery was successful and she has completed her post-surgical chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
“My experience allowed me to know that we have the best physicians and staff in our community,” Janet said. “I fell in love with everyone who treated and helped me at North Colorado Medical Center.” She was impressed with how personal and empathetic everyone was. “I especially appreciated how they helped me keep my dignity as a person through the treatments and surgery,” she said.
Janet didn’t expect to have this journey in her life but now knows that, if you are diagnosed with cancer, there is a full scope of exceptional local resources for care….including education, screening, diagnosis, surgery, inpatient and outpatient care, home care and rehabilitation. She says that she and her husband of 57 years are thankful for the entire North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute team because “they saved my life.”
"I am living proof."