June 2 was National Cancer Survivor Day, and this year, thanks to UMC Auxiliary Volunteers, we were able to send our survivors special gifts. They received a “cancer survivor” pin and card in a beautiful purple envelope.
“We wanted to do something for cancer survivors treated in the UMC Southwest Cancer Center,” said Susan Bailey, Director of Volunteer Services who helped this keepsake become reality. “It’s just a nice reminder that you did it—you beat cancer!”
Susan herself is a cancer survivor. On August 8, 2016, she was experiencing a seemingly normal work day… until she was in the basement and began to have trouble breathing. Susan got into the elevator, and next thing she knew, she was in one of our hospital rooms and intubated.
chrShe later learned she passed out in the elevator and ended up on the fifth floor, outside of Nursing Administration. Staff saw her and pulled her out of the elevator. Missy Dial gave Susan mouth-to-mouth, Kris Mathewson started chest compressions, and several House Supervisors left a meeting to help.
A CT scan was performed, and it revealed Susan had Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Thankfully, it was caught early, and it hadn’t spread to her bones. She did 6 rounds of chemo, and had infusions every three weeks for a year. She is now a survivor!
“If it weren’t for UMC, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Susan said. “I owe my life to UMC and its employees, and I know many others feel the same.
If you're a cancer survivor who didn't get a pin, please let us know! Send your mailing address to Kawanna.Mccormick@umchealthsystem.com and one will be sent to you via mail.