Patient Experience

Paulette Cooner
Paulette Cooner
Paulette Cooner, a 68-year old Kingsland resident, says she had never been good about self-breast exams, but one Sunday morning in November 2011, she was taking a shower and God told her she should check her breasts. When she did, she found a very large, hard lump. Paulette was surprised since her mammogram had come back normal only five months earlier. "My heart was racing but I didn't tell anyone until after church, and then I asked my husband if he would check my breast and he found it immediately," she says.
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Karen Harrison
Karen Harrison
Any woman would be alarmed if she developed a lump in her breast, but for 47-year old Karen Harrison of Brunswick, it was a special cause for concern. Both her mother and grandmother died from breast cancer.
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Helen Quinn
Helen Quinn
Helen Quinn, a 74 year-old St. Marys resident, wasn't too concerned when she found a lump in her breast in July 2012, because she previously had fibrocystic breasts, a common condition that produces benign lumps in many women. However, she went to her gynecologist anyway, and James Gowen, M.D., of Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology, a strategic associate of Southeast Georgia Health System, immediately sent her in for a mammogram and breast ultrasound. Shortly after that, she had a breast biopsy, and it came back positive for cancer. "Everything happened so fast that I didn't really have time to get scared. But then, I have my faith and my family and friends to depend on," she says.
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Dora Francis
Dora Francis
Dora Francis, a Brunswick mother of two, was 36 years old in the summer of 2012 when she first discovered the lump in her right breast. She was putting her 14-month old son to bed and inadvertently brushed her hand against her right breast when she felt it. The next day she made an appointment with her gynecologist to get it checked. Within a few weeks, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Carole Nolan
Carole Nolan
Cancer never comes at a good time. St. Simons Island resident Carole Nolan found that out in August 2012 when she discovered a lump in her breast about two weeks before she was scheduled for shoulder surgery to repair a painful rotator cuff.
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Barbara Ann Ross
Barbara Ann Ross
>Barbara Ann Ross, a 49-year old Brunswick resident, has some advice for those who are facing cancer. "You've got to fight it with everything you've got and take everything that is available to you," she says. That is exactly what Barbara did when a mammogram revealed a lump in her left breast that tested positive for cancer in June 2012.
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Candace Bentley-Connor
Candace Bentley-Connor
Candace Bentley-Connor, a 47-year-old Brunswick resident, vividly remembers the day in February 2013 when she learned she had breast cancer. It had only been a few weeks earlier when she had discovered a disturbing change in one of her breasts. She would soon learn that she had primary-site cancer in both breasts.
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Brenda Joyner Thompson
Brenda Joyner Thompson
Brenda Joyner Thompson, a Waynesville resident, appreciates the convenience of having her mammograms done on the Southeast Georgia Health System Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health vehicle in Brantley County at the Brantley Family Medicine Center. In November 2013, her mammogram revealed a suspicious lump, which was later confirmed to be breast cancer.
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June Galland
June Galland
When June Galland of St. Simons Island had her annual mammogram in January 2013, it showed a suspicious lump deep within one of her breasts. A biopsy later revealed that she had stage 2 breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, June underwent eight courses of chemotherapy over a period of six months, followed by four weeks of radiation therapy at the Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center in Brunswick.
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Tasha Gardner
Tasha Gardner
Tasha Gardner of Brunswick was 33 in late 2011 when she was diagnosed with stage 2, triple negative breast cancer; an aggressive type of breast cancer that doesn’t respond to many of the most commonly used treatments.
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Jo Francis Connolly
Jo Francis Connolly
In April 2014, Jo Frances Connolly, a 75-year old Camden County resident, thought she would make her annual screening mammogram her last one. However, it revealed a suspicious lump that turned out cancerous. After a lumpectomy, she chose to have radiation treatment at the Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center on the Camden Campus. “I had radiation therapy for my leg at the Camden hospital several years ago so I already knew how wonderful they are. I can’t say enough about the staff at the Camden hospital. Not everyone can do this kind of work. It takes special people and that is what they are.”
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