“Nothing is going to stop me from taking a cruise with my daughter to celebrate her finishing graduate school,” said Karla D. “I’m a single parent of one daughter, all she has is me.”
Anyone touched by cancer knows, when faced with this fight, so many elements can affect your outlook. At Swedish Medical Center, we believe in empowering patients, their caregivers and everyone around them to ensure the best possible outcomes. Our expert medical and nursing staff work together to offer comprehensive, compassionate care from diagnosis into survivorship. The staff you meet at the Oncology Infusion Center are no exception.
Going the Distance for Quality Care
Karla D is a retired school teacher from Grant, Nebraska who now drives to Englewood Colorado every three weeks for chemo. “It may be more inconvenient for me to drive like I do, but the quality of care and support I receive here, you can’t put a price on it.”
It was only 5 months after Karla retired that abdominal pain put a stop to her plans to travel to Africa to celebrate her new found freedom. Doctors in Nebraska preformed two biopsies and still had no definitive results. “I was getting anxious and frustrated,” says Karla. A friend and physician recommended she make the trip to Swedish Medical Center and see Oncologist Dr. Kevin Davis, M.D.
Finally able to get a diagnosis, it wasn’t what she wanted to hear. A family history tells the story of a long line of lung cancer, but not what her MRI revealed; 3+ stage ovarian Cancer. “By then I knew it was there,” says Karla. “I knew there was a problem, but I said it’s time to start attacking it.”
Attacking her cancer with amazing caregivers by her side makes it manageable. Two people making a difference in Karla’s treatment are Nancy and Karen. Both RN’s who work with Dr. Davis and in the Oncology Infusion Center, Karla says the relationship with them is invaluable. Karla’s team is here for her every three weeks when she makes the 200+ mile drive for her treatment.
The physicians and staff at Swedish recognize Karla for her determination in survivorship. She has her eye on the prize, being with her daughter to celebrate her graduation, her drive is inspirational. “Life goes on,” says Karla. “I’m not about to give up living.”
Join us, as Swedish Medical Center celebrates Karla and those who are taking survivorship to the next level. If you are a cancer survivor, either still in treatment or in remission, a caregiver, friend or family member, join us for a day of education and empowerment. We are celebrating the way you THRIVE!
THRIVE is a FREE one-day event from 10AM – 3PM at the Crystal Rose in Littleton. Join us to learn about the Elements of Survivorship from laughter to nutrition, exercise to meditation. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, this event is for you, to celebrate you!