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Donald's Story


Donald's Story

My past law enforcement experience isn’t the only thing that helps me fight cancer.

"The challenges I faced as a police chief helped prepare me for the ultimate criminal. Throat cancer. I knew something was wrong because I just didn’t 'feel right' and that feeling was not going away." 

Donald, suspected he was having cancer problems for months, but pushed it aside.  This father of two daughters finally made the decision in November 2006 to take care of his problem.  He started at his primary care doctor’s office and then went from there.  He had a variety of tests including MRIs, CAT scans, and PET scans.  It was shortly after that he went to an oncologist, then a specialist for the throat (a Otolaryngologist).

"My cancer care team at Banner Desert Medical Center detected the problem and started me on a researched, individualized treatment plan right away. "

Treatment began for Donald when he was admitted to the hospital for chemotherapy.  He listened to the doctors and got his strength back, gained a little weight, and three weeks later went back for a second treatment session, this time radiation.  Donald's treatment  was completed by the middle of May 2007.

"Today I’m able to get back to the things I love, like cooking big meals for my family and friends and planning a cross-country food tour.  The positive attitude of every staff member was incredibly motivating for me.  When you’re facing cancer, that kind of care really makes a difference in your recovery."

"I am living proof." 

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