Comfort was Key to Cancer Treatment

When Amber Blose was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer, barely a year had passed since the loss of her infant son. He had been born four months premature, and the 32-year-old from Glen Burnie was unprepared for another difficult struggle. But Amber says her doctors and nurses at the DeCesaris Cancer Institute were there to help her through it.

“You have to have a lot of trust in the people taking care of you when you’re going through something like this,” Amber says. “Everyone at the hospital has a great way of making you feel comfortable when you’re scared and everything is kind of frightening.”

Amber underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. “I don’t know how I would have made it without Kimberly, my nurse navigator,” Amber says. “She scheduled all of my appointments, and I could always call her whenever I had a question.”

When her surgeon, Lorraine Tafra, MD, laid out her plan of action, Amber says she knew she was in good hands. “She is probably one of the best doctors I’ve ever met,” Amber says. “I knew with her, I was a person, not just another case.”

Her experience was just as comforting with oncologist Carole Tweed, MD, “It was like having my best friend as my doctor. We would just sit there and talk about how I was doing and what I was going through. I know she has other patients, but it never felt like I was just another person on the appointment schedule.”

Knowing that they wanted to have another baby, Amber’s doctors recommended that she and her husband see a fertility specialist. They froze some of Amber’s eggs before her treatment, and soon after recovery, they were planning to try again.

Amber says from the beginning of her journey she knew she was not going through it alone. “Kimberly said to me, ‘You know, we’re going to get you through this. It’s going to be a long road, but we’re going to be with you every step of the way,’ and they were, everybody was.”

UPDATE: Amber gave birth to a boy on January 21, 2014. “He’s everything we could have hoped for and more,” says Amber.


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