Patient Stories


Breast Cancer

When you’re a 33-year-old freelance makeup artist and single mother of two, you don’t have time for breast cancer. And yet  as difficult as it was for Patty to go through surgery, chemo, and proton therapy, she says her encounter with cancer is one she valued.

Patty learned about Provision CARES Proton Therapy from a woman she was working with on a photo shoot. That same day, the photographer mentioned he was shooting pictures for the local newspaper at the proton center. A friend of hers was also working at Provision and urged Patty to consider it as an alternative to traditional radiation therapy.

“It just kept coming up in different circles,” she remembered.

Proton therapy is can be beneficial for breast cancer patients because it avoids unnecessary radiation to healthy areas surrounding the tumor, protecting the heart and lungs from long-term damage and lowering the risk of secondary cancer.

After researching proton therapy herself, Patty contacted Provision and was accepted for treatment.

She did not regret that decision.

An economics major in college, Patty was working at a makeup counter when she was approached by a television producer to see if she was interested in working on the show Material Girls, which ran a few seasons on the DIY Network. Since then, Patty has done makeup for a variety of television productions including true crime shows produced by Jupiter Entertainment and HGTV’s Dream Home and Smart Home.

“That painter needs their makeup perfect,” she joked.

She’s done makeup for Tennessee Farm Bureau, ads as well as several campaigns featuring Peyton Manning, who requests her by name.

She managed to juggle the demands of work and family while undergoing chemotherapy – a process that was difficult for her children, especially her eight-year-old son.

“The physical changes of chemo were a really big deal. That was a hard time for him,” she said. “It’s like this club you don’t want to be a part of, but it has taught me so much about my faith and my strength and being carried through with other people and their prayers.”

Patty found her radiation oncologist at Provision to be “reassuring and honest. ”

“He’s an amazing doctor who is comforting and makes you feel comfortable,” she recalled.

After the experience of chemotherapy, which Patty found both physically and psychology draining, her time at Provision was a happy surprise.

“There’s a level of care from the moment you walk in,” she said. “It just doesn’t feel like you’re going through radiation treatment.”

From the building itself – sunshine spilling through the windows and open areas that encourage patients to relax and connect with each other – to the personalities of the caregivers, Patty said her time in proton therapy was a bright spot during a difficult journey. She felt an immediate connection with the hospitality staff and appreciated their genuine care.


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