Patient Stories

We are proud to be able to share the stories of just a few of our brave patients as encouragement and hope for other patients we treat. Their testimonies speak to the compassion and high-quality care each cancer patient receives when they enter one of our treatment facilities and serve as inspiration to us all.

A Breast Cancer Journey

Sam Dick, WKYT News Anchor, My Cancer Story

Brenda Tate
Brenda has been married to her husband Raymond for 41 years. She is a mother of two and has two grandchildren that she enjoys dearly. She retired from the Madison County School System and is very active in her church and community. Brenda has always been faithful about having her annual mammogram, and in June of 2012 that willingness to take time out to care for herself paid off.

"They wanted to see me back after my mammogram, I didn't think anything of it, but they found something," Brenda said. After her breast cancer diagnosis Brenda underwent multiple surgeries, including a lumpectomy. "I just felt I had to keep a positive attitude. If you have that attitude and you have faith in God and in your doctors and medical professionals, it really helps, it really goes a long way," said Brenda. Read Brenda's Story...
Donna Farr
Donna is a self-proclaimed workaholic. For 25 years she has met the deadlines and fast pace of the healthcare industry. She is a mom, wife and daughter of elderly parents, who rarely took the time to care for herself. However, she will tell you that in October, she took a few moments out to take care of herself. This turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made.

In October of 2012, she went to her annual mammogram appointment, expecting it to take less than an hour of her busy day. She had always received good mammogram reports, and she believed this one would be no different. Read Donna's Story...
Genea Arrasmith
Genea Arrasmith is the embodiment of energy and spirit. She loves life and sharing it with family and friends. In fact, just days before her breast cancer diagnosis, she was throwing a surprise party for her 21st wedding anniversary.

Dense breast tissue was often the cause of repeat mammograms. She was used to this. But, an unfamiliar lump in her breast caused her to make an appointment in between annual exams. The diagnosis? Invasive ductal carcinoma. Hearing those words, she felt fear, not for herself, but for how this would impact her family. With a mother who died of ovarian cancer, Genea knew how it felt to hear those stinging words, "mom has cancer."Full Story...
Patrick Hayden 
When diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in early 2010, Patrick Hayden was advised by his physician that a wait-and-see approach would be best. For nearly three years, he regularly saw Dr. Rachel Harper for a check-up, and there was no sign of growth. However in the fall of 2012, the report was not good. Two tumors had developed on his spleen. The removal of his spleen and biopsy revealed his cancer had become B-cell lymphoma. Like most, he wanted a second opinion. After his own research and visit to a well-known cancer treatment center, he returned to Lexington knowing that his Lexington Clinic doctor's advice "was the best." Read Patrick's Story...
Jeanie Helton
Upon meeting Jeanie Helton, you don't see tumors and multiple surgeries; you see a bright and joyful face. You don't see chemo and radiation and hair-loss; you see a contagious smile and kind eyes. Upon meeting Jeanie Helton, you don't see a cancer patient; you see a vivacious, captivating woman of faith, and Jeanie Helton would not have it any other way.

Jeanie, who has battled a rare form of breast cancer for five years, decided early on that she would not let cancer define her. "Your diagnosis of cancer becomes a marker in time. There is life before cancer, and I can tell you there is life after cancer," said Jeanie. Read Jeanie's Story...