Patient Experience

Marilyn Harris

Seeing It Through

Marilyn Harris has worked for 30 years as a nurse in Jesup and knows her way around the medical community. When she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2008, it was a shock, but she didn't think twice about choosing Abraham Cheong, M.D., board-certified oncologist with Southeast Georgia Physician Associates–Hematology & Oncology, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System, as her oncologist.

"I chose Dr. Cheong," says Marilyn. "I had the option of getting a second opinion and considered it, but I just didn't feel the need. I knew him. I trusted him. And I liked the way he cares about people."

In 2009, Marilyn underwent an intense, six-month regimen of chemotherapy which put her cancer into remission. This was followed by a lighter regimen for another two years. "Dr. Cheong's office staff was wonderful," she says. "They put me completely at ease. They know exactly what to do and they treat you like family."

Today, Marilyn is still in remission and enjoying her life. She says spending time with her family is her highest priority. Reflecting on her cancer journey she says, "Although no one wants to get cancer, the experience can change you for the better. I am very grateful to Southeast Georgia Health System, and Dr. Cheong and his staff because they made it easier."