Patient Stories

Debbie's Story of Survivorship

Debbie's Story of Survivorship

Debbie was born and raised just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up with her twin and younger sister. An opportunity to re-locate to the Midwest landed Debbie in the Denver metro area where she could soak up Colorado’s beautiful sun and enjoy all of the magnificent outdoor activities the area has to offer. Debbie had found a small lump in her breast while in the shower, but thought nothing of it at the time. Being only 35, and with a life full of changes, the last thing on her mind was cancer. But after a family member was diagnosed with cancer, she promised herself that she would get the lump checked. Debbie received the unfortunate news that the lump was breast cancer, and with the support of Lutheran’s doctors Debbie’s healing journey began.

"Support is an Important Part of Going Through Cancer, You Cannot Do It Alone"

Most everyone is aware of the importance of seeing your doctor for a yearly physical. Even if you are healthy, annual physicals can help set a baseline of what is healthy for you and your body. For Jon Ludwig, remembering to go to the doctor each year helped catch the early signs of illness that developed into early stages of myeloma.