Karen Phillips – Fighting for Life’s Milestone Moments

by Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

“Cancer changes you. You realize, once you get through it, that you’re very strong – stronger than you ever thought you were. And I know that about myself.” – Karen Phillips

When one of life’s biggest challenges coincides with one of its most important milestones, a special kind of motivation emerges. That was the situation for Karen Phillips, who was diagnosed in May of 2016 with Stage IIB, HER2-positive breast cancer after getting an MRI, following up from a routine mammogram. Karen chose Texas Oncology for her care based on a friend’s positive experience with breast cancer treatment at the practice. During the 14-month battle that lay ahead, Karen would not only survive, she would enjoy her 70th birthday, celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, inspire others with her courage and experience the power of compassion.

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Valerie Shupp: The Ongoing Fight against Metastatic Breast Cancer

By Drew Carr

Statesman Content Marketing

“Once I found out I was diagnosed, my husband proposed to me. We went to Vegas and got married over the weekend, and on that Monday I started chemotherapy.” – Valerie Shupp

Valerie & her daughters.

Valerie Shupp was originally diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer at 27 years old. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, Valerie was followed by a doctor regularly for 10 years—and even in spite of the cancer and chemotherapy, Valerie and her husband became parents to two little girls.

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Sheila Hyde: A Team Effort Against Cancer

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Sheila Hyde and her “chemo buddies”.

“You never know what you have until something like this happens. I’m forever grateful to these ladies.” – Sheila Hyde

Sheila Hyde was just beginning a new job with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission when she found a lump in her breast. A coworker convinced her to take the time to have it checked. After learning the lump was cancerous, Sheila began her battle against breast cancer with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation from Texas Oncology, who she’d learned about through great recommendations from her boss, several friends, doctors and nurses. As it turned out, the team at Texas Oncology would make a world of difference for Sheila.

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