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Sue's Breast Cancer Story

by Sue Danneker

I’ve been married for 22 years, and I’m a mom to four kids. We’re all very happy and very healthy. 

But there’s a history of breast cancer in my family, and I was certain I’d get it too. So my doctor sent me to Susquehanna Health’s Breast Health Center for an early first mammogram. They saw something and did a biopsy - it was cancer.  I thought for sure I’d have to go to a larger city for treatment, but as I researched, I found they could take care of me right at Susquehanna Health’s Cancer Center.   

From the start, I worked with my breast health physician, Dr. Branton, who’s such a warm and compassionate person. I was really upset by the diagnosis, so she comforted me and stayed with me as long as I needed her to. She also took the time to call me at home a couple times to check on my progress – a real friend. 

After my initial treatments, my follow-up mammography revealed something in my non-cancerous breast. I decided right then that I’d have a double mastectomy. My Susquehanna Health doctors were with me every step of the process and assured me that I’d make it. All the doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists were totally supportive of me and my entire family. 

The Cancer Center has incredible spiritual and emotional services plus all of the latest technology and treatments. I had radiation, Herceptin and chemotherapy - my biggest fear. But the treatment room faces the Healing Garden, a beautiful, serene sanctuary. This really gave me peace. So did the entire staff. And I could ask my oncologist, Dr. Robinson, any question and he automatically knew every statistic behind that question. He’s top of the line and does his research. I felt totally comfortable with him and the care he provided.  

After my procedures, I wanted to become as healthy as possible. I took advantage of their nutrition counseling and I started working out. Now I’m 30 pounds lighter and feel better than before the cancer. I’m so blessed with my second chance at life!  

– Sue Danneker, Linden