- Attleboro, Mass resident Elizabeth Keogh has led a full life. An elementary teacher for nearly 30 years in Foxboro, Mass., she later managed a group home for adults with mental retardation and was an activity director at a nursing home. But none of her careers prepared her for a diagnosis of cancer.
“Everything has been great,” says East Providence resident Virginia Rocha. “I feel good and I’m back to gardening.” Her bountiful plot of organic tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and basil at the Church of the Epiphany’s Community Garden speaks for itself. Before retiring, for nearly four decades Virginia cared for others - in hospitals, nursing homes and private residences - as a certified nursing assistant.
A disorder that had troubled him since childhood – common variable immune deficiency (CVID) - brought North Smithfield resident Paul Gorman to The Cancer Center. In the spring of 2009 he had a PET scan of a swollen lymph node. A biopsy confirmed that it was Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. Chemotherapy and radiation followed, and thirteen weeks later, in July 2009, he was back at his desk at Gateway Health Center where he has been a mental health counselor for more than a decade.
For East Providence resident Octavio Medeiros, listening to classical music is not only an enjoyable pastime, but also a form of relaxation therapy. And although he didn’t expect it, he found the staff of The Cancer Center instrumental in reducing his anxiety when he was diagnosed with cancer.