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Breast Cancer Survivor Celebrates Motherhood

September 25th, 2018

Did you know that fewer than 5 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States are younger than 40? Unfortunately, local resident Maria Metzger became one of the unlucky few 10 years ago.

In 2008, Maria and her husband decided to start a family. Due to her advanced age, her physician ordered a baseline mammography. To her complete shock, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and also learned that she carried the BRCA 2 gene which meant that she had a hereditary increased risk for the disease.

As Maria prepared for surgery and the journey ahead, Nurse Manager and Patient Navigator Bonnie Edsall, RN, and the rest of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Breast Health Center team proved to be invaluable resources providing trusted support and strength when she needed it most. Maria was introduced to a network of other young women who were breast cancer survivors. Speaking with peers about what to expect and recovery put her mind at ease and prepared her for the road ahead.

One month after her diagnosis, John Francfort, MD, Chairman of Surgery, and Stephen Harris, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan, performed a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Today, Maria is a cancer survivor herself and the past year has been a wonderful reflection of life for her. In fact, Maria celebrated her 10th anniversary of being cancer free and also her first Mother’s Day following the adoption of a beautiful baby girl, Harley Brynn.

“I feel great and healthy and so happy as I begin this new chapter of motherhood, all thanks to Good Sam and the most compassionate care I received from the nurses, doctors, breast health team, and support groups, just to name a few,” Maria shared when she stopped by Good Sam to visit with Bonnie and the Breast Health Center staff to celebrate the recent milestones.

“As a grateful patient of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, I know how fortunate we are to have this wonderful place in our community. Every step of the way, the team at Good Sam was there to comfort and care for me in a way I never expected from a hospital and their staff.”

Cancer knows no age, race, gender, or ethnicity. Unfortunately, we all have or will be touched by the disease in some way during this lifetime. No one wants to think that breast cancer can strike so close to home until it does. Having award winning cancer care so close to home helps make the fight a little easier. In fact, Good Sam is building for the future by investing even more in the care of its patients. A brand-new cancer center is coming soon to further support the needs of our community, making it even more convenient and comfortable for patients and caregivers.

Many cancer care innovations and advancements are funded in part through gifts from donors and friends like you. Please give today to ensure that Good Sam can provide the exceptional, compassionate care to make miracles happen for others. Click here to make your gift today.

Click here to learn more about the Breast Health Center at Good Samaritan.