Posts Categorized: Cancer

Meeting My Hero

I was a 31-year-old mom with a 12-year-old son living in Indiana when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2001. I had noticed a small, hard lump in my upper thigh area. It never got any smaller. At the time, I thought, “I’ll go see my family doctor.” After visiting with him, he recommended… Read more »

Bad Luck or Bad Genes?

To know my story, I have to start with my mom. It was 1995 and I still remember “the call.” So many others have received a similar call. You know, the one where the person on the other side says, “it’s breast cancer, but don’t worry — we have great doctors who told us it… Read more »

The Most Beautiful Butterfly

Debbie Wagers is an oncology child life specialist at Nebraska Medicine.

I want to share a story that shows the inner beauty of children. As an oncology child life specialist, I help our younger patients and families navigate the crazy, emotional, unfair world of cancer. We have a little girl at Nebraska Medicine who was just diagnosed with cancer about two months ago. One day, we… Read more »

Mastectomy versus Lumpectomy: Which Option is Best for You

Edibaldo Silva, MD, surgical oncologist

A diagnosis of breast cancer can immediately invoke fear and anxiety. Understandably so.  However, the fear can be so great, that it interferes with a woman’s ability to make sound decisions. For instance, many women choose to have a single or double mastectomy over a lumpectomy, believing incorrectly that a mastectomy is the safest option…. Read more »

Rewards are in the Relationships

The Child Life team at Nebraska Medicine.

I received an invitation to a high school graduation for one of my patients who recently finished 2 ½ years of treatment for lymphoma. The invitation was addressed to “Little Debbie Sunshine Wagers,” which made me smile, and also brought tears to my eyes. Not tears of sadness, but tears brought about by blessings. I… Read more »