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"I was not treated like a number, a case, a tumor. I was treated as a person who happened to have cancer."

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"I was not treated like a number, a case, a tumor. I was treated as a person who happened to have cancer."
As Jan describes it, she was on a quest in January of 2010 to find the right doctors to treat her newly-diagnosed breast cancer that had already spread to her liver. That journey began where she and her family have been going for decades.

"St. Luke's had been our family's healthcare home since we moved here 20 years ago, so we knew we wanted to stay here," says Jan. "As soon as I saw Dr. Julie Gill I knew this was the woman I was going to entrust my life to. She had a smile and a winning way which made me feel like I needed to be treated by her."

"From the beginning, I was not treated like a number, a case, a tumor. I was treated as a person who happened to have cancer," says Jan. "I appreciated that personal approach to me as a person and to my family who came with me to my appointments. They were always welcome, their questions were always answered. That warm and welcoming approach of Dr. Gill and her staff meant a lot to me."

For Jan, that left an impact. Her greatest concern was not just her health, but the needs of her family which includes her husband Dan, her eldest son Nick and her twins Katie and Tommy. I wanted to be helpful and 'mom-like'. I wanted them to have a normal life. We traveled to Europe this past summer and it was wonderful. If you were to tell me when I was diagnosed that I would be going to Europe with my family a few years later, I probably wouldn't have believed it."

Jan's fighting spirit shines through. "The attitude that I have tried to maintain throughout this whole process is one of hope and one of gratitude; that each day is wonderful; each moment is wonderful; each experience is wonderful."

It's patients like Jan that motivate our team and other cancer patients to continue the fight and the work needed to prevent and cure all forms of cancer. We're honored that Jan and her family entrusted their care with us.

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