On July 13, 2010, at age 47, I was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine annual mammogram.
After several weeks, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. After receiving recommendations from friends and a visit to CHOA, I decided that Dr. Elizabeth Christian would handle the next phase of my treatment.
I underwent surgery to insert a port and immediately started chemotherapy. During that time, I had moments when I was scared and even distressed. Dr. Christian was there every step of the way as if I was her only patient. She was right beside my husband, sons and family encouraging me and helping me to deal with those fears.
Over the course of my treatment, I had many questions and needed help managing side effects. At every turn, I was given the answers I needed. Dr. Christian, her fellow doctors at CHOA, the nurses and staff treated me with kindness and never ending compassion.
I always feel confident in Dr. Christian’s ability to manage my care. I take comfort in the fact that she attends many cancer conferences and is up to date on the latest treatments. She has a vast array of oncology colleagues throughout the United States that she does not hesitate to call upon for opinions and did so for me several times during my treatment.
I am very grateful for the role Dr. Christian has played in my life. I am proud to call her my friend and blessed to have her as my doctor.