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New Bern Cancer Care lights the way on Journey

This is a letter to the editor from a patient of ours that got picked up by a newspaper in Lexington, KY. We are honored to be part of this journey and appreciate the time taken to write such a wonderful article!

To the editor:

January 27, 2017: With all the excitement about the new kids on the block — UNC Cancer Care/Carolina East collaboration — I felt it only appropriate to give a shout out to the old kids on the block — CCHC New Bern Cancer Care.

These folks have been taking care of New Bern and surrounding areas for years.

From the time I walk through the doors, I am greeted with a smile by the girls at the front. I sit in the waiting room and watch “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and think to myself: “That’s exactly what they are doing for me here: fix her up.”

A smiling face steps through the door and calls my name. I stroll past the “Journey of Hope” tile wall and admire all the hand-painted tiles painted by cancer survivors. Journey of Hope is supported by the CCHC Foundation and committed to providing resources for cancer patients and their families. The focus is on the whole person. We all know that cancer is not just a physical journey, but one that reaches the mind, body and spirit.

The atmosphere with this team of medical professionals is like a family not a facility. They welcomed me into the family over a year ago when I learned I had breast cancer. As I prepare for my last chemotherapy treatment a sweet-spirited nurse hooks me up. Soon, I surrender my chair in their beautiful chemo suite and head out where more cheer awaits upon checkout. I reflect on the stellar care I have received from Dr. Richard Gorman, Kim Hess and the team — care that extended beyond the physical. I have never felt hurried. They have always taken time to take care of me and educate me on my journey. I would like to know this standard of care exists everywhere, but I’m afraid it doesn’t.

I’ve carried on conversations with many people on this cancer journey and realize how blessed I have been to receive the care that I have received. I, like many, looked at traveling to UNC and other places for treatment; but it didn’t take long to realize that the quality of care I needed was right here at home.

To the new kids on the block that are joining this contest: You better bring your “A” game! When this team steps on the court, they play as a team and they play to win — every time.

Thank you New Bern Cancer Care!

Sheri C. Smith