Jill's Story

Jill's Story

I’ve never been more terrified in my entire life than when my doctor told me I had breast cancer. The fear of the unknown was the worst. Am I going to die? Will I make it through surgery? Can I handle chemotherapy? Will I lose all my hair?These are just a few of the hundreds of questions racing through my mind.

Within days of finding a suspicious lump, I was contacted by Marsha Richardson, the Breast Health Navigator at Parrish Medical Center (PMC). She helped ease my fears and guided me through the process. When I lost all my hair due to the chemotherapy, Marsha was there with support. She invited me to the Cancer Care Boutique on PMC’s fifth floor where I was able to get a few scarves, a wig and a lymphedema sleeve to help with the swelling. Thanks to your gifts and PMC’s partnership with Sego’s Home Medical Equipment, these items were provided at no charge, which was a huge relief.

After a long and scary journey consisting of two surgeries, 12 weeks of chemotherapy and 33 days of radiation, I am now cancer free.

I am forever grateful to my doctors, Marsha, Sego’s, and all the PMC care partners who provided me with loving care throughout this journey. It’s a journey that no one should go alone, and thankfully, no one has to because of the wonderful resources available at PMC. Please know your gifts are healing gifts!