With the odds against her, cancer patient recovers

Marilyn Scherzer, breast cancer, Good Samaritan Medical Center

Tennis Marilyn Our Stories"I can say she understands the importance of having a positive mental attitude during the treatment for cancer."

Marilyn Scherzer suspected she’d receive a cancer diagnosis one day.

"I always knew, in the back of my mind, that it was a possibility that my doctor would one day tell me I have cancer," Marilyn says. "The day she actually said it… changed my life."

Marilyn has a family history of breast cancer, and she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1997. But that doesn't mean she wasn't taken aback when her doctor again diagnosed her with cancer in 2010. This time it was cancer of the breast.

"With my history, I can’t say I was completely surprised, but I still felt fear and hopelessness," she says.

Marilyn took a minute to process the new diagnosis of cancer. Eventually, she decided she wasn't going to let the disease win. She was going to fight.

"I began looking at treatment options," Marilyn says. "My research led me to Good Samaritan Medical Center. I found myself under the care of Dr. Marilyn Raymond."

A comprehensive approach to breast cancer

Dr. Raymond is the medical director of the Breast Institute at Good Samaritan Medical Center. In no time, she created a plan to treat Marilyn's cancer.

"I can say she understands the importance of having a positive mental attitude during the treatment for cancer," Marilyn says. "She told me that it is crucial to have a strong support system in the hospital and at home, and she is right."

Since treatment Marilyn's cancer has been in remission, and Marilyn herself is focused on living a healthy life.

"I stay proactive with my health, and I understand the importance of preventative care," she says. "Getting regular mammograms or even just yearly checkups is crucial."

Marilyn also remembers how proud she was the day Dr. Raymond told her she had beaten cancer.

"I would recommend Dr. Raymond to anyone, and I am truly grateful for the care I received at Good Samaritan Medical Center," Marilyn says.