Our Patients Tell Their Stories

A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, but these survivors refused to let cancer change the lives they’re living. Coloradoans are active, adventurous and engaged in their communities. Having the best cancer care out there right here in the Rocky Mountains allows patients to fight cancer close to home, the Colorado way. Click below to watch and read their stories.
 

Cheryl Wells: Whole Body Care

Cheryl’s original biopsy and hysterectomy were done in Denver. She said the care was fine but not consistent, as she worked with three different OB/GYN oncologists in a short span of time. When Cheryl got the results of her 2019 lymph node biopsy, her oncologist in Denver asked here where she wanted to start her treatments for the advanced stage endometrial cancer. “We said, ‘We want to go to Shaw.’”

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Jack Swedlund: Finding Strength Every Day

Jack was diagnosed outside of Eagle County and says he felt the cancer center there pressured him and didn’t respect his wishes. He says a friend of his “raved” about Dr. Urquhart at Shaw Cancer Center, and Jack decided to pursue his treatment there. He was originally on board to move forward with the recommended treatment plan of chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. However, after doing a little research on his prognosis, Jack decided to forego chemotherapy. Shaw has respected and supported Jack’s treatment plan throughout his journey. 

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Beth & Svein Rognerud: Shaw Care Close to Home

Of all the commonalities Svein and Beth share, cancer wasn’t something they planned on experiencing together. First was Svein’s prostate cancer in 2002, treated by Dr. Patti Hardenbergh with 40 radiation treatments at Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards. Now it’s Beth, fighting stage four ovarian cancer and taking regular blood tests at Shaw’s Frisco location.  

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Carol Shimmer: A Spirit Of Resilience

In 1997, Carol received her first cancer diagnosis, melanoma. “It was on my right thigh, and they pretty much scared the crap out of me,” Carol shares. “They said, ‘You're not taking this seriously enough. You could die from this.’ I'm like, ‘Really? I feel just fine.’ So that was my introduction.” 

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