November 1, 2012

Joyce Shelnut | Sarcoma Survivor

“Ten years ago, I felt a lump in my leg. I asked a friend who worked at a hospital what he thought it could be. He advised me to have a doctor check it out. That’s when I was diagnosed with sarcoma.

I had radiation and inpatient chemo for several months before having surgery. It was a hard process, and there was a lengthy recovery time.

Today — 10 years later — I’ve been discharged from my doctor’s care! Everyone at UAMS has been so wonderful, from the doctors to the housekeepers. People always ask how I’m doing and tell me to have a blessed day. That positive atmosphere really helped me.

If you think there’s a possibility that you could be sick, get treatment as quickly as you can. Don’t wait. Then, if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you have to take your life one day at a time. You never know what the next day will bring. Being able to share my hope and faith with others helped to pull me through.”

Joyce Shelnut
Sarcoma survivor
Benton, Ark.