Everyone’s Story

Everyone Has a Different Story

Diagnosed in 2002 at age 72, Jeanne Fecke underwent a mastectomy and follow-up chemotherapy. Each month—almost without fail—Jeanne attends “Still Me,” the breast cancer support group at Miami Valley Hospital. 

Christy Hoffman, the youngest of the group, received her diagnosis in 2008 at the age of 34. After Miami Valley Hospital physicians found cancer in Christy’s right breast, she chose to have a double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstruction. Christy, who has two young sons, is a special education assistant in the Fairborn school system and is completing her degree in early childhood education at Antioch College.

Following Bertha Martin’s diagnosis in December 2006, her Miami Valley Hospital surgeon performed a mastectomy on her right breast. Bertha’s ongoing care has included both radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Throughout her experience with cancer, Bertha has found helpful information and welcome support at the “Still Me” support group. 

Sandi Schaeff’s diagnosis came a year ago, when she was 53. Her Miami Valley Hospital treatment plan included a lumpectomy, and the removal of three cancerous lymph nodes. She, too, had follow-up chemotherapy for several months. An executive property manager, Sandi did not miss a day of work during the course of her treatment. 

Sherry—a long-term survivor—was just 43 when she was diagnosed in 1991. Surgeons removed her left breast, and she had follow-up chemotherapy. Today, Sherry continues to keep the books for husband Jim’s home improvement company.

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