The Ottumwa Courier

October 29, 2012

Cancer survivor gives thanks


ALBIA — I am a cancer survivor twice.

Once was 30 years ago when I had ovarian cancer stage 2. At that time, there was no place nearby to take treatments, so we had to travel every four weeks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

We had to stay over two days, and of course the meds for the sickness from chemo was not like we have today, so I got really sick!

Plus we are caregivers for our adult son, who was injured with severe head trauma 33 years ago. So, as we have no help, he always goes where we go. I really felt bad for my husband as he was kept busy taking care of both of us.

I also lost my Dad to cancer at the time I was being treated. He too had to travel to Rochester for treatment. Then I lost my sister to cancer 11 years ago.

Just last December, I had breast cancer. The mammogram caught it when it was very small, but after surgery I had radiation treatment, and that is the main point of my story — to praise the McCreery Cancer Center in Ottumwa. We are so blessed to have such a great facility so close. The doctors, nurses, lab techs and all who work there are all so great. They treat you like family.

Charlotte Stokes