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Real People, Real Stories

Bob Matthews of Ashland, KY
Lymphoma

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Carla Pauley of Flatwoods, KY
Lymphoma

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Barbara Hogsten of Westwood, KY
Leukemia

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Deborah McCabe of Ironton, OH
Breast Cancer

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Sally Lloyd of Ashland, KY
Exterior Squamous Cell Cancer

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Homer Waddle of Ironton, OH
Rectal Cancer

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Deborah’s Story

Breast Cancer

“There are 3 parts to cancer – the spiritual part, keeping a positive attitude and of course the medical treatments”, says Deborah. Prior to cancer she’s always been the type of person to look at the glass half full. Being diagnosed with cancer has never changed her outlook on life and everyday seems to be a good day.
14 years ago Deborah was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in the right breast. At that time she lived in Charlotte, NC and chose to have the procedure there. She underwent surgery for a mastectomy and reconstruction. After chemo, she was disease free for those 14 years. In early 2012 she found a lump in her left breast. This time it was a whole different type of cancer, not a recurrence. Again, she opted for a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She knew in her heart she wanted to have this procedure done close to home in Ashland, KY. “I’m currently going through chemo once a week and the chemo nurses at ABCC have been outstanding”, she says.

The amazing thing is that Deborah continued to work full time through both encounters with cancer. She works in the Healthcare Consulting field and her co-workers stayed very supportive throughout her whole experience. “It makes a big difference because it’s nice to know that someone other than your family and friends are thinking of you”, she says. Most recently her significant other has beat kidney cancer. They’ve relied heavily on each other a lot over the years for moral support.

“I’ve known Dr. Jain since the 80’s just from being in the healthcare field. He is such a wonderful physician and aside from his medical career he is also an amazing person. When you come into the office for an appointment, after he shuts the door to the exam room, the whole world revolves around YOU. He is never in any rush, never cuts you short and really listens to what you have to say. The experience is already nerve racking enough and his compassion shines through to put you at ease.

Deborah has kept such a positive attitude throughout her journey. It’s hard to even imagine what she’s been through because her personality is so upbeat and she always has a smile on her face.