Annual Report - 1996-1997
Chappell Hill, Texas
Colon cancer, 1995, and liver cancer, 1996
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy
Graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, worked as a physical therapist 35 years, lives with cousin and is restoring an old house
Active in historical organizations, avid reader, enjoys festivals in Central Texas and exploring back roads during Bluebonnet season
"As a physical therapist, I often worked with patients over long periods. Since I've been coming to M. D. Anderson, I've learned that the infusion therapy nurses are in a league by themselves when it comes to TLC (tender loving care). I had been di agnosed with colon cancer and had surgery in August 1995, then I came to M. D. Anderson for chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The next spring, I learned I had liver cancer, had another surgery and got a pump implanted so I can have my chemotherapy infu sed indefinitely. Every Wednesday, my cousin comes with me to the Infusion Therapy Clinic to get my catheter cleaned. Everyone here is like a member of our family. Nurses like Ladonna Randle (pictured) laugh with us, cry with us, hug us, and most import antly, they pray for us. With their help, I'm keeping a positive attitude and taking whatever comes along."