Markey Cancer Center Patient Stories

A tongue cancer patient shares what brought him through aggressive cancer treatment

A 56-year-old husband and father, Gary Nally supervises maintenance at Alliance Coal mines north of the Ohio River, so he sought treatment for a cold and a sore throat from the company nurse at the Princeton, Ind., mine where he has an office. When the antibiotic given did not help, he visited his family doctor and was prescribed steroids, but the sore throat persisted. Suspicious that something more was wrong, Nally visited the nurse again and she made him an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist in Evansville, Ind.

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Ryan Berry

I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in December 1990 as a senior in High School, and became a patient @ MCC. I underwent 18 months of treatment. 20 years later I am in perfect health. My wife and I have a healthy 3 year old son, Nicholas. I want to thank Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Geil, and all the staff for everything. I cannot say enough about the care I received at Markey Cancer Center.

Ninfa Riestra Floyd

In 2005 I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I found myself off-center, threatened with a shorter life than I had planned. My life now in the hands of outside forces. Thank God for those hands.

Dr. Paul Depriest and his wonderful staff saved my life, and made it possible for me to deal with the changes that were taking place in my world. I was always given hope via their knowledge, dedication and smiles. Even on the dreaded chemo days, the staff and nurses made it OK. Thank you.

Shirley Pringle

"This is my story – my testimony, if you will. On June 15, 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 squamous cell anal cancer. On the first of July, I began an aggressive Monday-Friday regimen of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. I concluded treatment on Sept. 15, 2009.

On Sept. 15, 2010, I celebrated one year of cancer freedom. I cannot say enough good things about the doctors and staff at UK HealthCare and UK Markey Cancer Center for the care they gave me at the lowest point of my life. I thank them for my life!

I'd like to give a special thank-you to Dr. Kenady for my benign parotid gland diagnosis, surgery and care. Another special thank-you goes out to Dr. Hourigan for my cancer diagnosis, for assuring me that the cancer was treatable, and for holding my hand and comforting me when I broke down.

I also want to thank Dr. Kudrimoti and all the doctors in rotation who assisted him; Dr. Feddock; Dr. DeSimone; all of the radiation technicians and office staff; and all of the chemotherapy technicians."

Susan Baker

"I spent almost three months straight at Markey Cancer Center in 2006. I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The nurses and doctors were almost like family. I saw them every day for three months. They took care of me and never gave up on me. They prayed for me, cried with me and did everything they could to help me deal with being away from my two children, including letting my children and family camp out in my room. I will always be grateful!"

J. S. Butler

"My prostate cancer is cured because of the Markey Cancer Center and frequent screenings. I participated in a Markey prostate cancer screening. My family history, PSA and cPSA were outside the reference range. A biopsy showed prostate cancer on one side; my physician and I correctly assumed it was in both sides. I chose to have a prostatectomy.

I now have no statistically detectable cancer. In addition, I am an avid horseback rider, and I missed only 19 days of riding. My advice to men is to be calm, get screened, be informed, then act."

Patty Charles

"It's hard to believe almost a year has gone by since I found out I had cancer. My journey began with the diagnosis of a malignant solitary fibrous tumor in my lung and my treatment took me to multiple departments at UK Chandler Hospital. Dr. Zwischenberger, an amazing surgeon, removed my left lung and the tumor. 

With that behind me, Dr. Rinehart, a kind and gentle man, was in charge of my chemotherapy treatments. Cindy Glen, my nurse practitioner, and Jeanni Thompson, Dr. Rinehart's nurse, were the best and ensured that the preventative care I received was remarkable. With my family able to be at my side the entire time, day or night, I felt so blessed.

Further treatment led me to Dr. McGarry and Dr. Feddock in the radiology department. Their care and concern with what I believe is one of the latest and greatest of treatments was outstanding. I can't say enough about how all of these professionals worked as a team and made me feel like their most important patient. I would not be here today if it weren't for the excellent care I received.

"Thank you, Markey Cancer Center."

Paul Gill

"Dr. Philip DeSimone has treated me like a brother and makes me feel at ease during my visits. The nursing staff is one of a kind and very good, irreplaceable!

Thanks for continuing to show me that you care and I am NOT just a number."

Phillip Johnson

"It gives me great pleasure to tell you more about my stay at UK Markey Cancer Center. In fact, I felt pampered while there. The atmosphere was wonderful, the attention I was given was constant around the clock and anything I requested to make myself comfortable was accomplished without hesitation. It appeared that the protocol for the prevention of the spreading of pathogens was adhered to at each level, and that speaks volumes in my book.

I was attended to by many nurses, but one nurse stood out from all the rest. That nurse was Mrs. Betty from Harrodsburg, Ky. I cannot say enough about her without sounding as if I am praising her, but she truly deserves flowers from me for all she did above and beyond her call of duty. She is the epitome of what a nurse should be. She was courteous, considerate, kind, generous and loving, and she continues to be that way to this day. I make it my business to drop by and see her every time I come to Lexington. Although it was March of 2007 when I met her, she still gives freely of herself, and she also makes sure I have lunch. If there were awards given for outstanding service, I'd make sure she received one because she deserves it, for so often one goes unrecognized for the services they provide and are taken for granted.

I would love to be given the opportunity to present an award to her or to even present should she ever be recognized for her service. I bet she would say, "I was just doing my job."

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