One Woman's Journey to Survival
"I had just gotten engaged on Christmas Day 2005. In April the following year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer," says Deborah Sliz, a 59-year-old D.C. attorney.
"When I was referred to the Sibley Cancer Program
, I talked to a lot of people and did my homework. And what I found was that Sibley's clinical staff are leading experts in the field of cancer care and treatment.
"I adored my breast surgeon Dr. Colette Magnant. She performed my lumpectomy and took her time to explain everything. Dr. Fred Smith, my medical oncologist, was so sensitive to what my fiancé Alan and I were going through. And Dr. Irene Gage, my radiation oncologist, showed me research on the best treatment plan for my type of tumor. Each member of my team knew what they were talking about and inspired a lot of confidence.
"During my treatment, both Alan and I marveled at what a peaceful and caring environment Sibley is. You don't feel like you’re in a big city. Confidence and caring are everywhere at Sibley. And that’s just what I needed.
"Alan and I were married in September 2007. When you’re a breast cancer survivor, pledging 'for better or worse, in sickness and in health' takes on a new meaning."