Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth McDonald2018-11-07T12:57:29-05:00

“I got the special care I needed in my hour of need.”

Elizabeth McDonald (center) suspected something was wrong when she went to see her doctor, Dr. Charles Cunningham (left), and obstetrician/gynecologist with Memorial Hospital of Carbon County.

“There was a spot on my breast, and it wasn’t going away,” Elizabeth explains. Dr. Cunningham ordered a mammogram. When the results came back in conclusive, a biopsy was performed that same day, and Elizabeth learned she had breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes, and today Elizabeth has a 92 percent chance of being cancer-free in five years.

Looking back, Elizabeth is grateful for the care she received at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. I’d had many mammograms before, and I’ve never had such a wonderful experience,” she says. “Jan Gulbrandson (right, Radiology Manager) and the staff have quite a set-up. The mammography room has soft lighting and relaxing music that creates a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. There’s even a visual aquarium to watch. I felt like I was at a spa, ready to have a massage. Julie Marquez (a radiologic technologist) was so kind and personable. She made me feel comfortable and relaxed.”

Elizabeth experienced that same level of care during and after her biopsy. “Having to face a biopsy and then learn the results was not a fun experience,” Elizabeth says. “But the people at Memorial Hospital were with me all the way.”