Patient Stories and Testimonials
Melissa Dickens, RN
In 1995, 14-year-old Melissa Dickens was diagnosed with primary neuroectodermal tumor of the shoulder. She underwent chemotherapy for almost eight months in the Oncology Department of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. During those months, she felt a bond with the nurses. “I would see the same nurses every time I went in for treatment. They knew me. They cared about me.” Four years later, Melissa was cancer free. When she went on to college, she decided to become a nurse. “Most people don’t want to work in a hospital after spending so much time in one,” Melissa said. “But after seeing the warmth and compassion in the Oncology Department, I just wanted to be a part of it.” Melissa started in the hospital Oncology Department in 2003. Years later, she still loves her job. “The nurses in oncology are a true team. We’re a family, all devoted to caring for our patients. It’s a great place to go for care, and an even better place to work.” Melissa is still cancer-free and works to help others with cancer. She’s married now, with a four-year-old daughter and newborn twins.
“Cancer is a bully, and the only way to beat a bully is to stand up and fight it. So when cancer came after me, I went after cancer,” said Lynne Fromm. “Luckily, I had Saint Mary’s on my side. From that day I was diagnosed, through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and my recovery, they fought for me. They listened, they cared and they kept me strong. Today, my bully’s gone, but Saint Mary’s is my family for life.”
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