- By Dana Sparks
Sharing Mayo Clinic: Breast cancer patient finds answer in centralized care
Renee Hill had received opinions from other health care facilities but desperately wanted to have her medical care centralized and coordinated. "My gut was telling me Mayo was where I needed to go," she says.
When Renee Hill was diagnosed with breast cancer — stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma — on her birthday in July 2016, she was overcome with an avalanche of emotions. And questions.
"I was scared as to what the future may hold. I was just getting my life settled again after the loss of my parents the prior year and was overwhelmed as to how I was going to handle my health care, a new job, my parent's estate and my two residences, one in Minnesota and the other on the East Coast," Renee says. "Once the shock wore off, I realized cancer had to be prioritized without dropping other responsibilities."
The single, 48-year-old director in financial services did what most people who get diagnosed with cancer do — she got on the internet.
"I wanted to know everything about my diagnosis but quickly found myself immersed in information,." Renee says. "The more research I did, the more stress and confusion it caused."
She had received two opinions from other health care facilities before seeking a third opinion at Mayo Clinic. She desperately wanted to have her medical care centralized and coordinated without sacrificing top-notch health care.
"Before I decided to come to Mayo, I was managing all my health records and appointments. It took a long time to get the appointments, and I spent countless hours in waiting rooms," Renee says. "I almost canceled my first consult at Mayo because I was so tired at that point. Still my gut was telling me Mayo was where I needed to go." Read the rest of Renee's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.