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Jeana & Billy's journey with cancer
- Cancer: Pancreatic cancer
- Diagnosed: 2011
- Treatments received:
Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy
- Treatment at: CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center
- Care team:
- Richard Shildt, MD
- Lanceford Chong, MD, MPH
- Adam Kerievsky, ND, LAc, FABNO
- Stephen White, LCSW
- Dorion Simmons, MSOM, LAc, LMT
Learning I have cancer
I’m not one to dwell on things in life, so when my doctor diagnosed me with pancreatic cancer, my first response was to attack it head on. I knew I wasn’t ready to die, but I was ready to fight. I immediately called my husband Billy, and we dove head first into researching my treatment options.
I don’t think you can ever be prepared for cancer. And there is no point to sit around and wait for things to happen. I looked at all of my available treatment options. I researched online, made phone calls and talked it over with my friends.
One of our friends recommended Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), so I called them and provided my insurance information like I had with several other hospitals. CTCA was the first one to call me back. That right there was all the confirmation I needed. They were fast, efficient and had something helpful to offer to me.
Coming to CTCA
Everything about CTCA was welcoming. Even the driver who picked us up from the airport was friendly and genuinely concerned about traveling and how I was feeling. He was the first person from CTCA that we encountered, and it was very comforting for the process to start off so well. As soon as we arrived at the CTCA hospital in Arizona, we knew we had made the right decision. We were warmly greeted as we walked in, and I met with my treatment team soon after.
My kids were a huge concern for me. When I was first diagnosed, Billy and I had tried to shield our kids from cancer to protect them. However, we soon decided to bring them to the hospital, where they could meet my doctors and ask questions, and see this wonderful place I had found for treatment. The doctors were great. They explained the entire treatment process to them, so that they felt included and could understand the weeks ahead, which helped to put them at ease.
My integrated cancer treatment team
My doctors were always filled with hope, never doubt. They said cancer treatment was going to be a process, but we were in it together. My team answered my questions and developed a treatment plan, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
My radiation oncologist, Dr. Chong, was amazing. He always had a smile on his face, and was focused on how I was doing as a whole, both physically and mentally.
As my treatment started, my team made sure I was as comfortable as possible. When I started to feel fatigue during my treatment I met with my nutritionist, who helped me change my diet to include high energy foods that helped keep me going through the day.
When I experienced nausea because of my chemotherapy, Dorion Simmons gave me acupuncture to help relieve my symptoms. He was also my massage therapist when I needed to relax and get in tune with my body.
Everyone at CTCA was so kind and genuinely concerned about my well-being, as well as my family’s well-being. Billy was able to take advantage of the acupuncture and massage therapy as well. That helped him to relieve some of his stress from taking care of the kids and me. My team had my children’s needs in mind, too. Puzzles and games were always in my rooms during treatment, so that my children could spend time with me in the hospital, but still feel comfortable to just be kids.
The emotional battle can take its toll on you and your family, but my entire team was constantly cheering us on and offering us relief any way they could. They were always giving us hope, which in turn made our future brighter and the entire process more manageable.
Going through cancer is tough, especially on a family. Having the right doctors and team behind you makes that battle seem conquerable. I came out of CTCA a stronger person than I ever believed I could be.
The impact cancer had on my family and me is unforgettable. We have grown closer and bonded through my diagnosis and treatment. Today, we are doing even more as a family. We walk the dog together, go shopping and even take bike rides as a family. It feels amazing to be alive and to be here, and be able to do these things with my husband and kids.
CTCA never gave up on me. They had the answers I needed, and most of all, they had an option for me—hope.