Karen’s Story

Karen was battling breast cancer for the third time after a six-year remission. She came to Baird Vascular Institute for the implantation of her port for chemotherapy. Here is her story, and how Baird helped her.

“Breast cancer runs in my family. My mom, two of my grandmothers and one of my great grandmothers had it. I am a two-time breast cancer survivor and now a three-time breast cancer fighter. I have to keep a positive attitude. I’m definitely in this to win this and I will beat this again. “

What has helped you this time?

One thing that has helped me tremendously is a book I read by Barry Seigel titled Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients. It taught me to embrace the attitude of other people who have the will to fight and to live.”

Was VCU Baird convenient for you?

Another thing that has been important to me this time around is my relationship and experience with VCU Medical Center, including the VCU Baird Vascular Institute (BVI). The convenient location (of Baird) is great. The fact that I could go to this particular location for this procedure was fantastic. I didn’t have to go to the hospital and deal with all the confusion and hassle of parking and making my way to the right floor. The location really was key.

Was there one staff member at VCU Baird who stood out?

Richard, my nurse, was my primary contact through the whole process. I experienced great telephone contact prior to the appointment, and when Richard greeted me at the front desk, he was warm and welcoming, very thorough and he made me feel at ease. Richard explained how the procedure would be different, and was reassuring and straightforward. He even called to check on me, which is something I found out he does as a matter of course for every patient. Richard rocked.”

Patients like Karen are why the team at BVI works so hard to take care of our patients. Thank you, Karen, for your story and keep up the fight! Want to share your story? Email us at bairdvascularinstitute@mcvh-vcu.edu or give us a call, (804) 828-2600.