After receiving treatment for breast cancer at Loma Linda University Cancer Center, Kristy Olsen is raising her daughter and living life to the fullest.
Finding out I had breast cancer was devastating. I was in my early thirties and had a young daughter. Getting cancer was the last thing on my mind. Thankfully, my husband and the rest of my family and friends were extremely supportive.
While my insurance initially required me to get my first couple rounds of chemotherapy at another hospital, I was so impressed with the team at Loma Linda University Cancer Center. My doctors spent a tremendous amount of time with me, before I was even officially their patient. Once I was able to transfer to this hospital, I experienced an exceptional level of care through the entire chemotherapy, surgery and radiation process.
My daughter was three-years-old when I was going through my cancer treatment, and there were plenty of days where I worried that I wouldn't be there for her in the future. I'm so thankful for all of the doctors at Loma Linda University Cancer Center who worked to make it possible for me to watch her grow up.
I've found that cancer, while it is such a difficult thing, can really be good. It's made me stronger and more appreciative of what I have. It seems like such a cliché, but I can see now that every day is a gift.