I was 17...a senior in high school...and never expected to be diagnosed with cancer. But I was, with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was the scariest thing I have ever heard in my life. Not to mention that I found out in a horrible way, from a surgeon with horrible bedside manner. But the moment I walked into the cancer center, I felt better. They basically became my family. The receptionists were ALWAYS friendly, and remembered me everytime I came in. Not to mention the lab techs, and the nurses. The Nurses were the ones who mentally saved me. I remember bawling and bawling because I was so scared and two of my favorites took me into an empty room and just held me. It was amazing, and probably the reason I am here today. Dr. Bar-Lev was absolutely PHENOMONAL. He was intimidating at first, because he didn't show much emotion, but I knew he really cared. He told me everything straight forward, and helped me through step by step. I was stage 4, and I made it. The nurses also introduced me to a numbing cream that helped lessen the pain of accessing my port for chemo. Two large needles being inserted every other week into my chest hurt alot less after I put on the cream. I am now 5 years out and still think about them everyday. People ask me who my hero is...and I tell them I don't have one...I have about 20.
I was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal Cancer. I had a tumor 4cm X 3cm in my esophagus. To make matters worse, I also had 4 lymph nodes, 1cm each in my lower back that were cancerous. This meant that the cancer was in my system and could pop up anywhere. The Radiation Oncologist gave me 6 months to 1 year to live. I had 10 sessions of radiology. My Medical Oncologist is Dr Avi Bar-Lev. Dr Bar-Lev told me either the chemo would kill me or the cancer would. In other words he was going to hit me hard with heavy doses of chemo, 6 hours in the chair. So here I am, 4 years and 3 months later, still alive. I went into partial remission within 3 months of diagnosis. The lymph nodes were gone, no longer on the CT scan. I went into complete remission within a year. I am currently on maintenance chemo, 2 hours in the chair, and all doses reduced to keep the cancer in check, for 2 weeks on, 1 week off. Why? Because this type of cancer, especially the lymph nodes is treatable, but not curable. Not yet anyway. Yes, my esophageal tumor is still present. It was felt in the early stages that surgery could be too stressful on my body/system, and it is extremely invasive surgery, so it was left intact and hit hard with the chemo. The results speak for themselves. I've exceeded everyone expectations, including my own. What's my secret? Don't worry about it. If God wants you, he's going to take you. If not, you're here for another purpose. Go in with a great attitude, it can make all the difference. As far as Dr Bar-Lev, I have nothing but praise for the man. He has been very straight forward with me and does not hold back any information. If you don't understand what he is telling you, ask for a better explanation, because he will give you alot of information. Additionally I give alot of credit for the staff at FVHO at the Martha Siekman Cancer Center at AMC. From the receptionists to the volunteers, CNA's, LPN's and RN's and business staff, they are all first class. They can answer any questions you may have regarding the chemo drugs you are getting and are very responsive to your needs while receiving chemo. If you are hungry, the volunteers will provide you with a menu, take your order, and go to the cafeteria and get it for you, and the food is pretty good too!
great Dr .. a family member from out of town
needed a Chiropractic.. Called the Fox Valley Chiropractic and was able to get an appointment fast . no having to wait made things even better .
Dr John Jenkins, was super we explained he situation and he made no reason to arupt us at all. he did some testing and x -rays . my friend was feeling better to know she was to get in to see a DR. she felt very comfortable with the DR.. in which was all taken care with - in the hour.. we were on opur way out in a short time // had no complaint from either if us . Dr Jenskins was great . I would highly recommend him for the service ..
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