Get Pink: Bond between patient, provider helps woman through breast cancer fight
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Beautiful things are often born out of adversity. In this case, it's an unbreakable bond between two women brought together by a vicious disease and an unshakable faith.
For nine long months, Sherry Quiring and Juli Johnson, an APRN at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, walked side by side, exploring the halls and the many options surrounding Sherry's diagnosis.
"First diagnosed in February 2016,” Quiring said. “It came as a shock. It was found during a routine mammogram."
That mammogram would be the first step towards saving her life, as it caught her triple negative breast cancer early. But an aggressive cancer requires aggressive treatment, and Sherry would learn that in the weeks and months to come. She first underwent a lumpectomy, followed by six months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation.
"I managed it really pretty well through some good nausea medicine, some incredible faith in my lord and my savior and my family and my friends,” Quiring said.
And with the guidance of Juli, who is an integrative medicine provider focused on treating the mind, body and spirit.
"Integrative medicine is a little different then just alternative medicine because we're going to use conventional medicine and add alternative modalities,” Johnson explained.
Those include things acupuncture, massage and yoga. All of which Sherry did her best to incorporate into her own treatment. She now credits that, along with her faith and her family with helping her through every step of the way.
"I believe the whole package of things that I did helped me get where I am now, which is really feeling good again and enjoying life,” Sherry said.
Instead of telling people she's in remission, Sherry prefers to tell them she's cured and she's lived each day since with that mindset.