On October 6, 2011 Michele Johnson walked into the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center in tears. Michele had been caring for her husband Gary at home. Gary and Michele were experiencing their third round of cancer in less than a year. The last and final diagnosis was a cancerous brain tumor.
Michele's tears were the result of the rapid decline of Gary's health and his sudden inability to walk. She was terribly concerned and needed answers. Michele spoke with Kim Michalski, a radiation oncology nurse at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center.
Within a couple of hours, Kim had scheduled for Gary to have a MRI, see Dr. Amin, medical oncologist, and Dr. Brindle, radiation oncologist, at the Cancer Center. An MRI was completed and the underlying issue was diagnosed. The doctors quickly developed a treatment plan. The next day, Gary was walking again, enjoying the last few weeks of his life at home.
In Michelle's words, "Thanks to you all. I'm now able to call you my friends and know that Gary was in the best hands and got the best possible care right here at home by all the staff at the Cancer Center. I sure hope the entire community knows how fortunate we are to have a facility as this in our community. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. All of you demonstrated your total commitment into caring for him and also gave me the support and encouragement I needed to take care of him at home, which meant so much to the both of us."