A survivor by dictionary definition is a person who survives – who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship or setbacks. This is why, at the W. Temple Webber Cancer at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, a person becomes a cancer survivor upon diagnosis, not when the treatment is finished.
CHRISTUS St. Michael offers a Survivorship Program to help patients prepare for and achieve a higher quality of life while fighting cancer. When patients are first diagnosed with cancer, the physical, psychosocial, nutritional and other needs are identified when treatment is first initiated to keep the patient at optimum health during and after treatments.
Once needs are outlined, Yolanda Bone, DNP, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Survivorship Program Manager, can direct patients to appropriate resources to meet those needs. Whether the survivor needs physical therapy at the CHRISTUS St. Michael Outpatient Rehabilitation Center or nutritional counseling with a dietician, focusing on being healthy in the beginning will allow for more strength and endurance through the continuum of cancer care.
“God puts everything on us for a reason,” shared Deborah. “I lost my mother to cancer when I was 10 years old. She was only 29. So, as you can imagine, the initial cancer diagnosis alone is what scared me the most.”
Even when you first go in and feel so bad, they get you comfortable and are so accommodating. They truly are like family.
"There were days I struggled to make it across town, much less having to travel further. I recommend anyone facing cancer treatment decisions meet with the care team at CHRISTUS St. Michael before they go somewhere else. I was able to receive the same level of innovation and excellent care of larger cities without having to travel."