Linda Pruin of Clarksville faithfully scheduled her mammogram every year. Usually in a couple of days she would get a note telling her everything was clear. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this year. Instead, she received a call asking her to come back for more pictures.
When she came back to have more pictures taken, the radiologist also wanted her to have an ultrasound. The new images confirmed there was a mass in her breast.
As Linda describes it, “Then an ‘angel of mercy’ named Rachel entered the picture which tempered the shock and gave me the comfort of knowing someone was going to go on this journey with me.”
Rachel is Waverly Health Center’s breast care navigator. When an issue is found during a mammogram, Rachel guides patients through the next steps that are needed to find out if the mass is a cancer.
Rachel set-up Linda’s biopsy and was with her when the doctor shared the results. For Linda, the results came back positive for cancer.
Linda shared, “Cancer is such a scary term that instills a fear in all of us. I had the choice of going to a hospital in Waterloo for my lumpectomy or staying at Waverly Health Center. I chose Waverly because I felt very confident I would be in excellent hands.”
Dr. Troy Ivey from the General Surgery Clinic removed the mass on May 26. “My surgery care was exceptional,” Linda commented. “Rachel gave me information about some cancer treatment centers and helped schedule my first visit. She worked with my new navigator at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center to make sure they had all my information. The process was very smooth from the start of my care through my cancer treatments in Waterloo. Rachel still calls me to make sure I have everything I need to get better.”
Not only did Linda have a great guide at Waverly Health Center, she also had a very supportive guide at home. Her husband Harlan was with her every step of the way providing love and support.
Linda’s advice to all women is to keep up on routine mammograms and monthly self-exams. If you find a lump or something doesn’t seem right, get it checked out right away.
Linda is continuing her cancer treatment and feels confident she will beat it.