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Colynda's Story

Byrnes-Watkins

When she was diagnosed with cancer, Colynda was scared of the unknown. But she also trusted that her health care team at CHRISTUS Cabrini, led by surgeon Wayne Watkins, M.D., would take the best care of her every step of the way. “When Dr. Watkins examined me, he said, ‘OK, this is what we need to do,’” Colynda says. “I knew I was not alone.” Dr. Watkins performed surgery to remove malignant tissue, but he offered more than medical expertise.

“The mission of CHRISTUS Cabrini is one that considers the spiritual needs of the patient as well as the mental and physical needs,” Dr. Watkins says. “That holistic approach is a big part of getting each patient on the right road to recovery.” That approach is one that Colynda treasures as she reflects on her battle with cancer. “The big ‘C’ word is not so big anymore,” Colynda says. “Dr. Watkins not only saved my life, but he let me know that I was not alone, and that we would conquer this together.”