Cancer Patient Stories


Rebecca DeLoof

Rebecca DeLoof is one tough lady.  Over the past two years she has faced numerous health issues, learned to live with a debilitating disease and survived a tornado that nearly destroyed her house.  Through all of her trials Rebecca never gave up.  That’s why she turned to the cancer experts at Bronson Battle Creek when she needed answers about her health.


Norm Anderson
As a retired surgical nurse, Bev Anderson knew that the treatment for her husband Norman’s colon cancer would involve many different doctors. What she didn’t expect was fast, seamless referrals and communication among all the care providers – coordinated by Bronson’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Service.
Read Norm's story


Debbie Bach was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2010 and immediately started an aggressive treatment plan. With so many life-changing decisions and appointments happening so quickly, Debbie says Jill, her patient navigator from the Bronson Center for Women, has been a lifesaver for her entire family.


After James "Jim" Dean was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his doctor recommended robotic-assisted surgery as a treatment option. Jim's surgery took four hours. He was home in two days. And, six days later, he attended an open house at Bronson to see the da Vinci® Surgical System.


For Dan Ebenhoeh, volunteering for the American Cancer Society Resource Center at Bronson was an easy decision. After having surgery to remove a brain tumor, Dan now gets to share his story with other cancer patients and encourage them on their journey.


John McCraney did not expect to be diagnosed with cancer at his age. He and his family are grateful for Bronson's Oncology Nurse Navigator Service. John says having someone always there for you is "priceless" and he recommends the service to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis.


It’s easier to say nice things about a hospital stay when it lasts only a day or two. But when your stay is unexpected, nine days long, and comes at the end of an aggressive course of cancer treatment, compliments might come less easily. Still, Betty Phillips has wonderful things to say about her care from the nurses on Bronson’s General Medical (oncology) Unit.


Betty Stallard was shocked to learn her mammogram found a lump that needed evaluation. Fortunately for Betty, she didn't have to go through the process alone. She had a patient navigator from the Bronson Center for Women to help her.



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