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  • Lung cancer survivor
    For years, Bill Wadding had a persistent dry cough. Each year at Bill’s routine physical exam, the cough was attributed to reasons like post-nasal drip and a side effect of his heart medicine.   “In 2013, my wife threatened me,” Bill recalled. “She said if I didn’t pursue the cause, she would come with me to see the doctor.” So Bill discussed the cough again with his doctor, who agreed to order...
  • hematology patient
    Paula Steinmetz, a healthcare educator, has led a very healthy life. In fact, a burst appendix as a child and childbirth were her only reasons for being in the hospital until last year. “I’m a busy person and I am almost never sick,” said the 63 year old. “But then, last year I got a virus that took a long time to get over. Even when I finally did, I still didn’t feel like myself,” Paula...
  • Breast Cancer Survivor
    Trisha Bergman, a physically active, bike-to-work bookkeeper from South Lake Tahoe, has been a patient of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center since 2010. The fact that she wound up under the care of Dr. Perez came as a complete surprise to her. “I don’t usually get sick,” said the 52 year old. “Before this, I had never had a doctor other than my general practitioner.”  But in 2010, Trisha developed a...
  • breast cancer patient
    Victoria Allan of Fallon, Nevada is a medical surgical nurse who loves caring for others. But a few years ago, she wasn’t doing a very good job of taking care of #1. She knew something was wrong with her body, and she was pretty sure it was breast cancer. “I was in denial for about a year,” said the now 71 year old. “I knew what I had was serious. It was a little painful but I handle pain well...
  • Richard Erickson
    In the early ‘90s, Richard Erickson received news no one ever expects to hear: “You have cancer.” What’s worse, his type (follicular cancer) was incurable. “I was told back then that my cancer was 100 percent fatal within 10 years,” the now 69-year-old said. “I said, ‘Is it 100 percent or 99 percent? I volunteer to be in the 1 percent.’” That was 25 years ago. Follicular Cancer’s Idiosyncrasy...
  • Breast cancer survivor
    Diana Freeman, a two-time patient at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center, may have stage IV metastatic breast cancer, but she wakes up happy every morning. “I’ve been undergoing treatment for just short of a year and I do feel better now than when I did when I was initially diagnosed,” said the 58-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident. “I lost my hair shortly after starting the treatment but it did come...
  • bone marrow biopsy
    Donna White, a pastor’s widow from Austin, Nevada, had been extremely fatigued and not feeling well in the early months of 2015. Previously, she had been low on blood, so her primary care doctor sent her to the ER for a pint of blood. After many tests, she was referred to Dr. Perez, a Board certified hematologist.  Though feeling unsettled, Donna was ready to face her health issues head on. “My...
  • fight-breast-cancer
    Discovering Breast Cancer Two years went by between the time Denise Wilson’s husband noticed her breasts were not the same, and the time she went to see a doctor. Difficult times, including the loss of her husband and her oldest son within an eight-month period, kept her focus on others. It wasn’t until she started having problems breathing in 2006 that her health became a priority. “I finally...
  • Jim Reinhardt story
    Jim Reinhardt wanted to share his story about how he came to be under the care of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center for one reason: “Dr. Perez is one of my very favorite people. I want this to be more about Dr. Perez than me,” Jim said.  The two first met in the hospital after Jim was transported to the ER with shortness of breath in 2013. Following a battery of tests and the removal of a liter of...
  • Rounds of Chemotherapy | Cancer stage | Sierra Nevada cancer center
    Corene Norris is a shining example of how to live well. She worked hard all her life, serving both as a secretary and her husband’s right hand woman as they built their own homes. She raised two boys in Alaska, and spent a lot of time fishing, hiking and doing other outdoor activities with her family. She never smoked or drank and she has always gotten her exercise. In fact, at 92 years old, she...

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