Faces of Hope

 
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At Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren, MD Cancer Center, we’re changing and saving lives each day through cutting-edge treatments, advanced technology, and innovative research studies. In honor and celebration of those who have won their fight against cancer, Harbin Clinic created the Faces of Hope photography collection to give survivors a public platform to share their inspiring stories. 

Beautiful portraits of former patients line the walls of the Cancer Center, each accompanied by a placard detailing their journey from the time of their diagnosis to recovery – in their own words. The special black and white photography collection by Kelly Moore effectively captures the character, vitality, and spirit of each survivor. Most importantly, the photographs serve as a powerful beacon of hope for current cancer patients and their families.

Everyone is welcome to visit and view the Faces of Hope collection during regular business hours. The Cancer Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 255 West Fifth Street in Rome.

Amy Burgess

I was completely surprised when I found a lump in my breast.  This isn’t supposed to happen to ME. I’m the caregiver. I’m an oncology nurse, and I take care of patients with cancer. I had all the same thoughts and fears each person that receives a diagnosis of cancer goes through.

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Carol Waddell

My fight against bilateral breast cancer became the main focus of each day for me.  As I would learn, this is not a sprint, but it is a marathon.  Survival and prayer became the key words for each day.  My team of medical care providers, the Cancer Navigators Support Group, my family and friends all provided encouragement and hope.  

 
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Henry Pollitz

You never forget certain words – like cancer.  Particularly if it’s your cancer being discussed.  But here we were in an exam room, my wife Connie and I, hearing all about my prostate cancer.

 
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Montyne & Marlin Payne

"I had ovarian cancer. I never had any symptoms except when lifting, I noticed a roll above my pelvic bone. In July 1994, Dr. Robert Cates found my ovarian cancer in a routine yearly check-up. He and Dr. Bishop, a surgeon at Harbin Clinic, performed an extensive, eight-hour surgery, including a complete hysterectomy, removal of part of the stomach, intestine and omentum." -Montyne Payne

"My 1999 Diagnosis was lymphoma – about the size of two medium lemons. They were pressing on the lumbar area of the spinal column. This caused great pain in the sciatic nerve." - Dr. Marlin Payne

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Christopher Honeycutt

My fight with cancer will never be over. I have stage 4 esophageal cancer. I was told that my diagnosis was a particularly nasty one, and the outlook did not bode well. Yet, here I am. I’m stable, mostly healthy and I have the doctors and nurses here to thank.

 
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Megan Mobbs

On Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 5:30 in the afternoon I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Yes, at 18 years old this fairly healthy girl was diagnosed with cancer. I would've never dreamed in a million years that I would get cancer. But you never know when you will be chosen to let God work through you.

 
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Cindy Deberry

Cindy Deberry, Faces of HopeMy life and the life of my family would never be the same after hearing “you have cancer" in 2006. At the age of 34, I could tell something was wrong with my body. Back then, I had a mammogram and an ultrasound and everything looked great.

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Dr. Alfonso Diaz, Jr.

In a routine health exam, I learned I had a very rare blood cancer. There are only 750 cases diagnosed in the USA each year. My life was turned upside down. All my wife could say was, "It is not fair." According to my doctor I had only 4-8 years left to live with therapy and some good luck. 

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Earl Wilkerson

Earl WilkersonMy colon cancer began with a routine health exam, when it was detected. I was grateful to my primary care physician for their swift diagnosis. Since then, my fight with cancer has spanned over a year, including several tests, treatments and then surgery.

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Wendell & Laura Hicks

Nine years ago, a swollen lymph node randomly appeared on the left side of my neck. My wife Laura, fretted until I made an appointment with my general practitioner. My doctor studied the swollen gland and thought it harmless and suggested we continue to monitor it. One day I came home to discover that the node was gone, I jokingly told my wife, “My cancer is gone!” but then it mysteriously resurfaced. 

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Deliska "Dee" Bradley

Within months of receiving a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer, which had gone outside of my colon and attached to everything inside, my health condition was dire. Dr. Bannister Harbin did a miraculous surgery, which saved my life. This was in August of 1992, and Dr. Thomas Simpson became my oncologist. He was so young and just out of school.

 
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Andrew Errickson

Cancer is a word that floods my mind with an enormous range of emotions and memories, some of which I wish I could have lived a lifetime without. Others I can never forget and have impacted my life forever. I was 23 years old when I got the news of my diagnosis of testicular cancer.

 
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Ethel Evans

I’m Ethel Evans. I am a two-time breast cancer survivor.  I am fortunate in saying I have been cancer-free for 16 years now.  During those years, I became involved in volunteering my time at the Women's Center at Redmond Regional Medical Center, the Breast Center at Floyd, Cancer Navigators, and Dr. Mumber’s sustainable wellness classes and his retreats for cancer patients.

 
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Ann Hook

Cancer is no picnic. It is an unexpected, unwelcome visitor that has the power to change everything. It can change the way you feel physically. It can change your self-image. It can change your sense of security. It can change how you view God, your mortality, and the world around you. It can change your relationships and the people you love. It can change your financial plan.

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Frederick McDaniel

When I went to the Emergency Room in 2012, I expected to find out that the symptoms I was experiencing were due to a bleeding ulcer. However, after a battery of tests and procedures, I found out something entirely different – I had colon cancer. The diagnosis was shocking. I didn’t know of any history of cancer in my family. That news changed my life very quickly.

 
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Roger Sartorato

My name is Roger Sartorato. In fall of 2006, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. I looked for help at Harbin Clinic and found Dr. Missy Dillmon. What a blessing!!! She and her outstanding staff took care of each small detail of my treatment, making me feel that I was in good hands. I trusted in her, but above all, I trusted in God and His will. I believe I had that illness as part of God’s plan for my life. 

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JJ Seifert

When I was first approached about the Faces of Hope project, my initial instinct was to decline. As a jury trial lawyer with a theater degree, I am not exactly shy; however, I am not comfortable with people feeling sorry for me, and I also was wary of being “honored” for having cancer. I didn’t (and don’t) feel worthy of honor. In fact, I don’t feel like I was strong at all.
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Rush Stuart

A confirmed workaholic, I was nudged into retirement in late 2010 with the promises of no yard work and a home on a beautiful Alabama lake. In all likelihood, if I had not decided to retire I would have dismissed the persistent hoarseness my wife had noticed for several months. After all, I had quit smoking 25 years ago. 

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