Cancer Survivor is 3 Years Out Thanks to Dr. Tara Gregory & the Cancer Care Team at P/SL

Cancer Survivor is 3 Years Out Thanks to Dr. Tara Gregory & the Cancer Care Team at P/SL


(uplifting music) – It was October 15, 2015, and
over the past couple of days I started to feel some fatigue. I just didn’t feel like
myself and I noticed that my heart rate was elevated. It was well over 100, and I
felt like something was wrong. So I went in to see my
primary care physician, so she sent me to the ER,
and they were gonna run some heart scans on me. And the one thing the ER
always does is run blood work, and the ER doctor came in, he sat down, he says, “You have Leukemia
and an ambulance is on its way “to take you to Presbyterian
St. Luke’s Medical Center.” So I was transported to the ICU at PSL, and that’s where I met
my amazing Oncologist, Dr. Tara Gregory. And they took 28 vials of blood and I was diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I had my pic line placed in. I started oral chemo a few hours later, and had a bone marrow transplant. And then I spent a few days in the ICU until I was transported to
the cancer floor here at PSL. When I was initially diagnosed in the ER I thought it was a mistake. I thought maybe my blood got
mixed up with something else because I was 28 years
old, I felt healthy, I looked healthy, I
guess I just never knew what my cells were doing inside. And then when I came to
Presbyterian St. Luke’s they ran blood again
and that’s when I knew it wasn’t a mistake, I had Leukemia. Working with the Colorado
Blood Cancer Institute, in partnership with Sarah
Cannon Cancer Institute, I met some amazing doctors and nurses. All of whom, when I come back
for my outpatient treatment two, three years ago, I’m
excited to see these nurses. They all saved my life and
they treat me like a person. They treat me more than
just a cancer patient and a survivor. I owe my life to this team. I am three years out. I had my stem cell transplant January 2016 and I feel great. I feel healthier than I’ve ever before. When I was diagnosed I was
at the hospital for 171 days, with a long time here,
and throughout that time I created a bucket list ’cause I knew I was gonna make it out of here. So the past three years
I’ve been doing that, checking things off of my bucket list, and one of them was to give back. And I recently went back to work, and I work at a different hospital, but I work for cancer
patients in clinical trials. I know the importance of making sure that a patient is cared for, and because I was given
this second chance at life I want to make it up and
give the rest of my life to help patients too. And I never would have gotten that vision if it wasn’t for the team here at CBCI. (uplifting music)