In a six-month period of time Lloyd suffered two massive heart attacks and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Rectal Cancer. Six weeks after his second heart surgery he had part of his colon removed. Throughout it all Lloyd remained positive, and the staff at Goshen Center for Cancer Care encouraged his outlook.
My doctor told me, “We’re not just going to cure you. We’re going to heal you.”
Lloyd’s family members worked for Goshen Center for Cancer Care and spoke highly of it, but he also did his own research and knew it was the place to go. During the Korean War he served as a line medic in the Army, so he knows a little something about taking care of people.
“At Goshen I was treated with respect and dignity from the nurses, doctors, lab technicians, and anybody I came into contact with for my cancer surgery. It was great.”
When his doctor came into the room to give the ‘all clear’ after a CT scan revealed the cancer was gone, Lloyd said, “the first thing Dr. Kio did was put his arms around me because he was so happy.”
The care he received during his time at Goshen made a lasting impression on him. “I was glad to leave, but I also miss the people I met along the way: the patients I got to talk to, the therapists and everyone else. I had a strong support group there.”
He mentioned to a staff member he would like to volunteer with the patients, and he’s since been nominated to serve a one-year term on the newly formed Patient & Family Advisory Council. He is excited for the possibility to “be a good shepherd.”
“Your outlook on life definitely changes,” Lloyd said about surviving cancer. As a history buff tracing his lineage back at least six generations, he now passes time going to battlefields where his ancestors fought, and checking other things off his “bucket list.”
After Lloyd’s treatment was complete, his brother was diagnosed with a rare, incurable, form of cancer and went to Goshen. He says it is difficult dealing with joy for himself while having sorrow for his brother, but in general, his upbeat outlook remains.
“I encourage everybody all the time—don’t ever give up. I’ve done so well and it’s due to the skill of the people at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.”