Letter to the Editor

Glad she did her treatments at PCH

Friday, September 21, 2012

To the Editor:

One year ago I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. I had my mammogram done at Putnam County Hospital, and that very day I had an ultrasound and also a biopsy.

Within five days I was in chemo. My family doctor, Dr. Heavin, suggested I take my treatments at Putnam County. He advised me to do this because he knew my treatments were going to be severe, and he said, "You don't want to have to drive home from Indy after being in treatment all day, and you will be sick. You will get the same chemo medication in Indy as you will get here in Putnam County."

I followed his advice, and I am glad I did!

You are not put in a room alone and ignored. The nurses are with you every minute you are in treatment. They even gave me their home phone numbers for over the weekend if I ran into trouble.

All of the staff was excellent and gave me many suggestions, and along with Dr. Cooper, guided me through six months of chemo, surgery with Dr. Lloyd (right here in Greencastle), and suggested where I go for radiation.

After one long year's battle, I am in remission, and I have these local people to thank.

So, if anyone in your family or your friends gets the dreaded diagnosis, call Rhonda McCammack in the Oncology Unit at Putnam County Hospital. You will be glad you did.

Marjorie Meek