Meet Tracy: Mother, patient, advocate and BLESSED!

When I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 2004, I was already facing some challenges: I was a single mom working as a substitute teacher. I couldn’t work full-time because I was responsible for taking my two children—who were 11 and 9 at the time—to school and the ride was one hour each way. So when I received my diagnosis, I thought, “And this, too?” I was shocked. Of course, my first concern was for my children. I knew I needed help, so I turned to my friends; one of them took me under her wing and introduced me to HOA. Here, cancer wears a face, and not a number.

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Meet Anthony. Grandfather, crossing guard, survivor.

My favorite thing in the world are my grandchildren. When I found out I had lung cancer, my first thought was “how long do I have.” I felt for sure that I wouldn’t be around to watch my grandchildren grow up. There were many things big and small that I questioned, including who would take over for me as the crossing guard at their school. The folks at HOA made me see things differently. Their expertise gave me confidence that I would survive.

Meet Susan. Friend, yoga beginner, survivor.

I was terrified when I found out I had cancer, but also knew I was going to fight with everything I had. With the doctors and nurse at HOA by my side, I never gave up hope. Going through chemotherapy is never fun, but I actually found myself looking forward to my visits because of the love and motivation I received from the staff. Everyone from the receptionists to the nurses and doctors were so kind and uplifting. They made me feel like family.

Meet Della. Wife, mother, grandmother, and ADVOCATE!

I was scared when I found out that I had breast cancer. I had seen my brother go through cancer treatment and knew that I wanted a more patient-centered, nurturing experience for myself. I found all of that—and more—at HOA. Their windows were what drew me in; they were like a ray of hope. And while I was overwhelmed by the amount of information presented to me at my initial appointment, my nurse practitioner walked me through every detail of my treatment; and when I saw the doctor, he explained everything in a way that was easy for me to understand.

Meet Dan. Father, fan, survivor.

I’m only 48 years old, how can I have colon cancer? That was the first thought that went through my mind when I got the news. After getting over the initial shock, I immediately went into survival mode, knowing that there was no way I was going to let cancer beat me. Thankfully, everyone at HOA shared my fighting spirit.

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