We Are Living HOPE: Buffy Zorn
I was diagnosed at 32, six months after having my fifth child. I found the lump doing a self-breast exam and waited two weeks to have a mammogram. I went to the Women's LifeCare Diagnostic Services at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and had a mammogram. I had a biopsy and saw my surgeon, Dr. A. Jill Buchanan, the same day.
The next day, I found out that I had cancer. When I first found out, I was terrified. The only thing I thought was that I wouldn't see my children grow — that this was "the end."
I had surgery about a week after the biopsy. Dr. Allison Buchanan, Dr. Robert Terry, and Dr. Oletha Minto all did surgery on me that day. I was then CANCER FREE! I couldn't imagine having all that I had done by any other doctors or at any other hospital. Those doctors made sure that I was medically OK, while Carolyn Cook, RN made sure that all of my crazy questions were answered and also provided me with things that I would have never thought about.
After surgery, I had chemo and radiation at the Cancer Care Institute. Natalie at the Institute took such great care of me and always made sure that I was comfortable and had whatever I needed for that day. I can not remember going in there one time and not seeing everyone smiling and welcoming their patients.
I am now two years cancer free. I have been able to see my oldest child go to high school and my youngest almost get out of diapers. God is good!
The best advice I received from a fellow survivor was that "it will grow back." I was looking for "hair" and she looked at me and said that. To me, as a survivor, it meant not only that my hair will grow back, but more than that, it meant that my life would get back to normal, that I would get through this, and I did with a lot of family support and praying!