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Mother’s Day Gift: Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Story

Farmington Hills, MI (April 23, 2007)--- This Mother’s Day, one family is looking forward to celebrating together after their mother’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer last year. Holly Hufeld, a mother of three, will celebrate her first Mother’s Day after battling breast cancer last summer.

As she does every July, Holly went in for a mammogram at Botsford Hospital. However, this visit it was different, as she had noticed a change on her left breast while performing self-exams. She soon found out that she was positive for invasive ductal cell carcinoma, the most common kind of breast cancer. Her surgeon, Cindy Sandona, D.O., and her OB/GYN, Harvey Roth, D.O., recommended a total mastectomy on her left breast. However, Holly decided to have a double mastectomy.

After the surgery, Holly learned some interesting results. She had tubular cancer in her other breast and by having the double mastectomy all the cancer was removed. Holly was relieved that the cancer was gone and her positive attitude and strength got her through the surgery and her recovery before she began chemotherapy.

Holly knows how lucky she was to be diagnosed so quickly and have such a successful surgery and recovery. She was back to work in less than two months and started her chemotherapy in mid September. For nine weeks, she went to work and had chemotherapy at the end of each week. Even with nausea and a loss of appetite, she managed to maintain her spirits.

All of her treatment was performed by Botsford doctors. Holly says, “The communication between Botsford Hospital’s team of physicians was excellent. Everyone knew what was going on and kept my family and me informed of the latest information.”

Holly’s children, all in their 20’s, were extremely supportive of their mom. They were nervous when they first learned of their mom’s cancer because they had lost their grandmother the previous year to ovarian cancer.

Months later, Holly says that she is in a great place. She has a positive view on life and appreciates the little things. She even celebrated by going on her first cruise with one of her daughters a couple weeks ago. She says, “You never know what kind of day someone is having, and should treat everybody special no matter what’s happening.”

Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

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