Facing cancer once is a challenge, but Amelia Island resident, Caroline Tunkel, is a three-time cancer survivor who refuses to let the disease win. She now dedicates her time to speaking about her cancer journey and providing mentorship, encouragement and guidance to patients who have been recently diagnosed.
When Karelyn Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016, she put her years as a nurse midwife into practice by staying calm, cool, and collected. “The diagnosis was a surprise,” she says, “but I’m a nurse, so I wasn’t shocked.” (Please click photo to access article.)
Former Notre Dame National Champion Tom Flynn was determined to treat his prostate cancer with proton therapy, but Jacksonville was nearly four hours away from his home in South Florida. Luckily, through one of Ackerman Cancer Center's social workers and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville, Mr. Flynn was able to find a home and a community as he underwent cancer treatment. (Click photo to access article.)
“My heart was in my throat because I knew I wanted Proton Therapy,” the retired jumbo jet pilot says. (Click photo to access article.)
Following a 31-year career at Anheuser Busch, Michael Field was looking forward to slipping into retirement. He purchased a 25-foot Hunter sailboat and spent many of his days sailing along the St. Johns River with family and friends. For a few years, it was smooth sailing, but then a visit to the urologist revealed Mike had a higher than normal PSA – a substance produced by the prostate gland that, at increased levels, is indicative of prostate cancer.
Many patients continue to work while undergoing cancer treatment. There may be financial considerations that make working a necessity, but work can also provide the patient with routine, normalcy, and social connection. Whether or not you will be able to work during cancer treatment depends on a number of factors, including your cancer stage, treatment type, overall health, and the kind of work you do.
Just 5 days before the 70-year-old was scheduled to undergo surgery for prostate cancer, a simple telephone conversation changed the course of his treatment and, ultimately, his life. Watch his video testimonial and read more about his story here.
It is not often that we get a second chance in life, but British-born Liz McQuade is living proof that it can happen. This go-round, she plans to make every day count.
RB Juneau knows the ingredients for a quality life. He has been married to his wife Mary for almost 50 years, raised three children, and is the proud grandfather to five more. The energetic 69-year-old takes care of his health and stays fit by walking six miles every morning. That is why he was stunned when a minor surgical procedure revealed that he had prostate cancer.
“It’s frightening to find you have cancer. There’s an uneasiness – you’re moving into something unknown,” says Alan Margolies. But Alan placed so much trust in Dr. Ackerman and the quality of the practice that he “never had a doubt he would be okay.”