When Breast Cancer Becomes a Gift
How one nurse’s cancer experience has brought her full-circle to the service of others
Sales director Geoffrey Marks depends on his voice
to take him through many presentations and speaking engagements. But, the 57-year-old San Jose resident never dreamed his throat and voice would be major players in another important event - one that could have cost him his life.
"To say I was shocked when I learned I had cancer would be a radical
says Leslie Hagen, who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer nearly two years ago.
"I never thought I wouldn't beat this thing."
Five years ago, the road of 21-year-old Gina Grande's life stretched before her. Born at Good Samaritan Hospital, she had grown up in San Jose and attended local schools.
"If you have to get cancer, there is no time like the present. We are so lucky to have exciting new treatments."
Over the last eight years, Claribel Dare has experienced highs and lows. But, as the 71-year-old retired school teacher and church organist understands, the music of life goes on.
"...being there to raise your sons, raise your daughters..."
Andrew is accustomed to mastering tests, so he was surprised when he "flunked" a PSA test, the blood test used to screen men for prostate cancer.
...an appreciation for the care and compassion she received at Good Sam...
Mrs. O’Connor was the mother of a toddler when she received her diagnosis of acute leukemia.