Conquering Cancer

Conquering cancer with spirit and good medicine 
Thanks to you, patients like Peggy Marshall receive the most advanced care 

“Cancer isn’t going to rule my life.” That’s what Peggy Marshall declared when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in July 2016. “I was determined to be positive and active.” And she was.

Peggy skied and rode her bike throughout her treatment at Shaw Cancer Center. This spring, she even rode from her home in Leadville, Colo., to the center for infusions. That’s 43 miles!

12-month fight against cancer
Peggy’s cancer journey began with a promise. She hadn’t had a mammogram in years. So when her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, she promised to get one. 

Because it had been a while between screenings, Peggy opted for the 3D mammogram. Her dense tissue would have made it difficult to identify the tumor otherwise. It’s your gifts that enable Shaw to have this advanced equipment.

Peggy’s treatments began with surgery in August 2016. She then received chemotherapy with Herceptin infusions for a year. Her final treatment was this August. 

More than just treatment
“Shaw isn’t like a lot of other cancer centers. Everyone knows your name,” she says. “And the quality of care is equal to any big-city center.”
In addition to great care, Peggy received emotional care. “The staff treated my whole person,” she explains.  “I had a total healing experience, not just cancer treatment.” 

Peggy’s experience was enhanced by Shaw’s many services, designed to enhance patients’ well-being. She took advantage of the Spirit of Survival wellness program, including fitness classes and massages. She stayed at Jack’s Place during chemotherapy. And she worked out in the rehab gym. “I call the cancer center ‘Shaw Spa,’” she says.

Experience brings personal growth 
“Cancer has a powerful sound to it,” Peggy says. “You hear ‘cancer’ every day. But now I hear it in a new light. I’m more compassionate and sensitive.”

Peggy uses these skills regularly as the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Leadville. “I’ve always been the caregiver, so it was difficult letting the congregation care for me.”

Today, Peggy is cancer-free, and she credits Shaw for her recovery.  “I received amazing care from amazing people.”