Casey rings the victory bell after completing breast cancer treatment at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville

Surviving Breast Cancer (Part 4)

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Casey’s Story: Ringing the Bell

Casey is a testament to surviving breast cancer. She is sharing her experience during her proton therapy treatments at Provision CARES Proton Therapy. Catch up on her story by reading parts one, two and three of her blog series.

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There is something about ringing that bell at Provision CARES Proton Therapy.

After my final radiation therapy treatment, my friends, family and co-workers gathered around me  as I rang the bell three times, symbolizing an end to treatment and a new beginning to a cancer-free life.

Victory.  Celebration.  Gratefulness.

It takes time to actually realize that the most difficult journey in my life is really going to be over soon and it will be time to be well again.  I remember my brother Pete telling me at this exact time last year, “Winter never lasts forever and spring never skips its turn.”  I thought about his words every single day.

Something very valuable I learned during my journey:  choose your providers very carefully.  Do your research in every way possible.  As a Care Coordinator at Provision, I would always tell a prospective patient that they owed it to themselves to learn about and evaluate several  treatment facilities before choosing where they would receive their care.  This thought process served me well during every step of my journey.

Without the care of Dr. Brig and his amazing staff at Brig Center for Cancer Care, my surgeon Dr. Danielle Duchini and the entire staff at Provision CARES Proton Therapy, I would not be where I am today.  I am well on my way to health, wellness, and surviving breast cancer.

I will be forever grateful to so many people and hope to pay it forward for as long as I can.

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Provision CARES Proton Therapy would like to thank Casey for sharing her story. Please explore our website to learn more about the benefits of proton therapy for breast cancer and read other patient success stories.