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Buddy Check 3 December

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
A Stage Four breast
cancer patient has a 5 year survival of 10 to 15 percent, but one woman
is beating  those slim odds with a lot of help from her friends.

The
operating room is her home, both professionally and for eight surgeries
of her own. Nurse Michelle Hedman is the rare Stage Four breast cancer
patient who goes into remission.

"I fought, but there were times I was too weak to fight and I think at point, it was them," she said.
     
'Them' are the members of her work family, the staff of Sacred Heart's OR.

"I
don't know how it is at other facilities, but this facility only has to
keep your job for six months.  They held my job for me. The world, to
know that they believed I would be back," she said.
   
Leading the believers was Michelle's best friend and fellow nurse, Sherry Crosby.

"When I couldn't speak, she spoke for me," Hedman said.
   
Crosby
also fed her, oversaw her wound dressings, shaved her head when it was
time and made sure Michelle took her pain medicine during her eight
months of hospitalizations.

Michelle's cancer had spread to her
bones. Her neck and back both broken from tumor growth. She had a blood
clot, hemotomas and infections. Sherry never wavered, even serving as a
nurse during each of Michelle's eight surgeries.

"I didn't feel like I was even able to do enough. It's very hard to watch someone you care about go through that," Crosby said.

After fifteen months, Michelle returned to work this past June.

"I was very scared for her, but there are so many people here who care about her, everyone had her back," Crosby said.
   
The
OR staff walked in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk this
October. The team raised more than 10,000 dollars for breast cancer
research in honor of Michelle's recovery.

"It was amazing. I think we cried most of the walk, happy tears!

"To
let people know that if you have late stage, it's not time to give up.
It's time to fight because you can make it," she said.Buddy Check 3 December


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