One day in 2003 I left work around noon to go out and get some lunch. On the drive, I was involved in a car accident. Although the wreck was bad and my car was bent in half, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was taken to a local hospital and had a series of tests run to check me over, inside and out. When the doctor came to see me he said, “I don’t know how to tell you this, but you have bone cancer.”
I was immediately scheduled to see an oncologist. He told me that DeKalb Medical was where I needed to go so that I could have a stem cell transplant–the best known treatment for my kind of cancer. From the minute I walked into DeKalb Medical, I could tell it was a special place. I was at the lowest of lows, and the staff just threw their arms around me and made me feel safe.
I had my first stem cell transplant with Dr. Richard Leff. He was very compassionate and helped me feel at ease about my treatment. His staff was great and helped me deal with the more technical issues like working with my insurance company. I spent time in the inpatient unit, as well as many appointments at the Outpatient Infusion Center. In both places, the staff were phenomenal. There are not enough good words to say about their caring attitudes.
I went into complete remission and stayed that way for four years. In 2007, my cancer returned. I went back to DeKalb Medical and had a second stem cell transplant performed by Dr. Melvin Moore. Again, they helped me to achieve complete remission and I am still there today. I will continue to follow up with Dr. Moore on a regular basis.
Thanks to the physicians and staff at DeKalb Medical, I will celebrate my 65th birthday this week. I have the utmost respect for them and truly believe you could not find a better place in the universe for the care of any kind of cancer.