Health & Wellness
You can simply look at Beverly (Bev) Bolin’s warm smile and kind eyes and know you have found a new friend. A friend that is going to champion for the women in her life and her community to get their annual mammogram. Because she knows, it saved her life.
Busy with her daily responsibilities at work, Bev almost skipped getting her mammogram – but she knew of its importance, since her mother had fought breast cancer years before. So she refocused herself and went. And that Friday afternoon mammogram appointment turned into another mammogram and an ultrasound, a biopsy, and the diagnosis: you have breast cancer.
By Your Side, Every Step of Your Cancer Journey
In our patients’ fight with cancer, their strength comes from a multitude of places – their deep resolve and hope, their family and support system, their faith. And that tenacity gets doubled, even tripled up, with the expertise and drive of the cancer fighters from Memorial.
During the last year, chemotherapy treatments at the Memorial Cancer Center grew by 27%, an indicator of the level of trust placed in our infusion teams to deliver compassionate, effective care.
As a member of The James Cancer Network, our Memorial Oncology & Hematology team can access hundreds of open clinical trials at any given time, with some of the world’s latest discoveries available to clinical trial patients.
Memorial offers broad, state-of-the-art, and compassionate cancer services to the region – from primary care providers focused on prevention to our surgical team at Memorial General & Colorectal Surgery who can provide cancer consultations, biopsies, and colonscopies, not to mention complete breast cancer care. Add to that, our oncology and hematology team works hand-in-hand with the experts at the OSUCCC – James for an “all-in” approach for those who are confronting some of the most challenging times.
“Wow, this is real.” Bev said her reaction was one of shock and disbelief.
But never fear.
As a patient of Memorial Primary Care | Urbana, her provider, Rochelle Clark-Pulfer, PA-C, referred her next to Dr. Katherine Kelly at Memorial General & Colorectal Surgery. And here is where her cancer fighting team began to form.
“Dr. Kelly was a Godsend to me! She calmly discussed all the options with my husband, Keith, and me. Just her gentle tone and her determined manner gave me peace,” shares Bev. “She even called me the day prior to my surgery to check to see if I had any follow-up questions or last-minute concerns. But I felt completely comfortable with my decision. I was ready.” Next steps included a double mastectomy and chemotherapy regimen.
“Going through this, I never had a day I wanted to give up or didn’t have hope. My family, my support system was there and there was never a question I wasn’t going to fight this.” And then, she met her team at Memorial Oncology & Hematology.
Bev admits, “I began my chemo at another facility but wasn’t really happy. I felt like a number – I didn’t feel the energy I wanted to feel for the long chemo process. So Dr. Kelly helped me transition to Memorial. And all of a sudden, I felt that energy I was looking for.”
Bev’s expert oncology team led by Dr. Robert Rupert and Jenna Hoffman, CNP, helped get her treatment journey underway.
“And Memorial has these nurses – there are not enough words to describe them. They are nurturing, loving, and kind. They would sit with my husband and me during my infusions – I completely looked forward to coming in to see everyone! Along with Dr. Rupert and Jenna, they were helping me through this disease – this fight! And I KNEW I had a team on my side!”
“To go through cancer, and be scared, and not know what every other day would bring, it could have been overwhelming. But to get the level of care and compassion I received at Memorial was wonderful – it truly got me through my journey. I can’t even say enough.”
Click here to hear more about Bev’s experience and how her loved ones and her team at Memorial stood alongside her. And remind the women in your life to be like Bev – focus on early prevention and get your annual mammograms!