Stonewall Jackson Hospital Infusion Center helps patients through difficult times
Circumstances have been difficult for Judy Piercy the last couple of years. She suddenly became a widow, and a year later, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet she is a positive, friendly person who speaks well of the many people who came forward to support her during her lowest moments.
Just a few years ago, Judy and her husband Bob were running the family business, Piercy Auto Sales, and enjoying spending time with their young granddaughter. Then one day, Bob suddenly died of a heart attack and Piercy’s life went into a tailspin.She realized she could no longer work at the dealership and needed a change.
“There were too many reminders,” she said. “It was too hard.”
She found employment with the City of Weston and things settled into a new routine. A year later, however, during a doctor’s visit, a lump was discovered in her breast. Tests revealed it to be cancerous.
She underwent surgery to remove the mass at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital with surgeon Ron Pearson, M.D., and his team. The next step was to undergo chemotherapy at the SJMH Infusion Center.
Piercy continued working during the treatments and has soaring praise for her workplace.
“The people of the City are wonderful,” she said. “I’d only been there a year when I got the diagnosis. They’ve been very supportive and understanding.”
Piercy also spoke highly of the four caregivers at the Infusion Center – Kathy Dailey, R.N., assisted by Marcie Stump, Katie Sumptner and Angela Carder – saying they go out of their way to make sure patients are safe, relaxed and comfortable during their treatments.
“When I went to my first treatment I was really scared and nervous,” Piercy said. “There were tears and anxiety. They listened to me, reassured me, and explained what to expect. They told me about the different bags of medications I would receive. They checked on me frequently and brought breakfast and lunch. They were very attentive.”
In addition to her scheduled infusions, Piercy has also returned for fluids. “Chemo is dehydrating. I have to get fluids frequently. No matter how busy they are, they’ve never turned me down when I needed to go in.”
Piercy has gotten to know each caregiver individually and calls them “a well-blended team.”
“They span different age ranges, yet they work together really well. I’ve never heard a harsh word. They do an excellent job, and they also create a family atmosphere. It’s not ‘them’ and ‘me’ – it’s ‘us’ and ‘we.’ If you’re having a bad day they listen to you, and soon everyone is smiling and laughing. They do this for all their patients.”
Piercy recently finished her chemotherapy and is glad to have it behind her, but she leaves with good feelings about the kindness and care she received from a first-rate team.