Donna Bruns’ Story

Donna Bruns has fibrocystic breast disease, which means she often experiences discomfort and benign lumps in her breasts. But there was one particular area she had been watching for some time. 

Although a number of tests had come back negative, something didn’t seem right. One large lump was troubling Donna.  

So she went to Dr. Hoffman, a surgeon at Meadows Regional Medical Center, who performed a needle biopsy. Results were negative. Hoping to put Donna’s mind at ease, he insisted on a lumpectomy for further evaluation. 

Unfortunately, the news was bad: the lump was somewhere between a Stage I and Stage II breast tumor.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Donna was working a full-time night shift. Her car was less than reliable. She had no family in the area, or even in the state.

So the staff at the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center became family.

“One of the first things they told me was that I was part of their family now. They let me know if my car broke down they would help get me there and get me back home.” 

Ultimately she would undergo 33 radiation treatments.              

“If it weren’t for the cancer center being here in Vidalia, I don’t know how I would have done it.” 

She still sees the oncologist once a month, but her prognosis is good. “I’m very proud of the cancer center and everything Meadows has accomplished,” says Donna.

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