Pam's Cancer Journey

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♪ [music] ♪ I'm Pam Durbin. I am a registered nurse. I've been married to the love of my life for 43 years. We have three grown children and four grandchildren. In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I opted to have a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. 

Three years later, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, and had a total hysterectomy, and they were certain that they had gotten all of the cancer. The washings, the lymph nodes, they were all clear, but I continued to do all the follow-ups. In October of 2021, I started having some abdominal pain. So we went up to the emergency room, met this wonderful ER doctor, Dr. Dugger.

The cancer in the endometrium had spread and I was diagnosed with metastatic endometrial cancer. We got chemo started right away, and then in March of this year, I had a PET scan and it showed no evidence of active disease. We were shocked that the chemo was able to knock it out as well as it did. 

So, now I'm in the point where I'm going for a CAT scan every three months to make sure that it is staying at bay. The care that I received at Baptist LaGrange was outstanding. And it didn't disappoint when I was admitted to Baptist Louisville. It was just top-notch care. 

I think the care that I've received through Baptist Health has been world-class. You know, I just feel grateful that my life is now centered around living, and not trying to stay alive. I appreciate being able to quilt again. When I was going through chemo, that was a little hard for me. 

I'm passionate about quilting because it allows the creative side of my brain to work in a way that the nursing side of my brain does not. So I'm really glad that, you know, I'm able to do that again. And then my grandchildren...having grandchildren is just a totally different love, and what a lovely, lovely thing it is. 

I'm feeling great, I feel so blessed that, you know, I have another opportunity to have a little bit longer life. ♪ [music] ♪

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