Memorial Healthwatch Winter 2008/2009
When a blood test indicated severe kidney problems, Raphael's nephrologist sent him to Lyle Feinstein, MD, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Memorial Cancer Institute. A bone marrow biopsy confirmed multiple myeloma, and Raphael underwent chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant (BMT). The experience left him cancer-free, but very fatigued and many pounds lighter. On the bright side, he was bowled over by the BMT nurses. "I didn't know there were such nice people in the world. There wasn't a sour face in the bunch. It would be great to be surrounded by these people on a daily basis. And Dr. Feinstein is one of finest physicians the Lord has made," says Raphael. "I have not been ill much in my life, but I know there are hospitals, and then there are hospitals. Memorial is a great place to go when you are sick."
"I've come full circle," says Trish, the licensed cosmetologist who manages Memorial's Image Recovery Center. As a cancer survivor, she lends clients a uniquely sympathetic ear because she has experienced the side effects of treatment. When Trish was diagnosed almost eight years ago, she never dreamed she would become a beauty advisor and trusted confidante to others with cancer – or practice her gentle art in a salon literally one door away from her oncologist, Alejandra Perez, MD, Director of Memorial Breast Cancer Centers. Chief among Trish's blessings is Sam, her 3-year-old son, who was conceived after she was told she had only a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant. "There is such hope, such providence," says Trish. "When I saw Dr. Perez at the grand opening of the Image Recovery Center, I said to her, 'Thank you for fighting for me.'"