Margi Huff is a retired kindergarten teacher and longtime Scarborough resident. In 2007, she found a lump in her breast. It was a terrifying discovery.
After an initial appointment at her doctor’s office, things started to happen very quickly. Margi came to The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) for tests, and within just two days, had a mammogram and a biopsy. She was worried, but she says the staff were positive and professional and helped her through the anxiety.
When the doctor sat Margi down and told her, “You have breast cancer,” her hands started to shake. The room suddenly seemed ice cold. The doctor kept speaking, but all she could think was, “I might die. I might die.”
However, because the Diagnostic Imaging team identified what was wrong so quickly and accurately, Margi’s cancer was treatable and she had options. She had time to make the best decisions for her health.
“If I had to wait a month to get my diagnostic tests done, I am fearful of what the prognosis might have been,” said Margi.
“My choice to stay here in Scarborough for my chemo was the best decision I could have made. I was close to home and didn’t have to travel downtown each time I had a treatment.”
Because her local community hospital – TSH – has amazing diagnostic imaging, surgical, and oncology teams, Margi got world-class treatment right away, in her own community. Throughout her time at TSH, the doctors, nurses, technologists, receptionists, volunteers, and staff – everyone she encountered during her treatment – treated her with respect and helped her to make difficult choices with compassion and empathy.
“The TSH team helped to save my life,” said Margi. “Because of them, I’m cherishing every minute of it.”