Rectal Cancer Survivor
Sherrie Etheridge has been with the OC Family 2014. She was 3 years past her routine colonoscopy, with no symptoms and not a single history of cancer in her family. On September 25, 2014, Ms. Etheridge took her first colonoscopy and quickly found out that she had Rectal Cancer. "I was in shock, and stayed in bed the entire day. My Colon-Rectal Surgeon saw me the next day, Dr. Voloyiannis, he took my hand and said: we'll get through this. The tumor was gone by January 2015. "Dr. Hasham-Jiwa was so good at listening to me if something did not work, if the side effects were too harsh. You learn a lot of things during treatment, it is not a happy place; but you see familiar faces and it makes it easy. It was tough, but I was always positive and would not let it get to me. I never asked why me?"
Sherrie's husband was her hero. Mr. Etheridge continued to travel to New Orleans for work in order for Ms. Etheridge to keep her insurance. "He would clean my ileostomy bag and was really good at laughing at things. Everyone kicked in as a family." Sherrie notes that going through a journey like this, changes ones' priorities. With every visit that Ms. Etheridge made to Oncology Consultants’ Southeast office, she felt at home and constantly was surrounded by familiar faces. "I never dreaded coming in for treatment, although I knew I'll get a mouth full of ulcers, and other side effects, but I never dreaded it. Sherrie's "little bump in the road" ended when she became cancer-free on April 16, 2019. Together, we overcame cancer! Thank you Ms. Etheridge for sharing your story with us.