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Grace Mullen knows exactly how a library is managed. As the archivist at the Westminster Theological Seminary, she knows a lot. What Grace did not know was that she had cancer.
A few years ago, Grace was suffering with fibroids. During surgery to remove them, her doctor uncovered she had leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the soft tissue. Specifically, it can arise from smooth muscle cells anywhere in the body. Grace's were found in her uterus. The surgeon was able to successfully remove the disease.
Grace's next step was regular check-ups to make sure the cancer did not recur or spread. During one of these check-ups, her doctor found the cancer had spread to her liver. Since this type of surgery requires a specially trained surgeon, Grace was referred to Fox Chase Cancer Center.
"I was told that Fox Chase had the top doctors in this field."
"I was told that Fox Chase had the top doctors in this field. I met with Dr. Margaret von Mehren, my medical oncologist, who is so competent," explained Grace.
"Dr. Watson was very kind, positive and always willing to see me for every tumor that popped up."
In the fall of 2006, Grace met with her surgeon, Dr. James C. Watson, who performed the first of several surgeries to remove the soft tissue cancer. "The surgery was successful so I was able to begin chemotherapy that lasted for the next 6 months. Dr. Watson was very kind, positive and always willing to see me for every tumor that popped up," said Grace.
"I have nothing but respect for these nurses who are always cheerful."
"During my treatment, I also got to know the nurses in the infusion room. I have nothing but respect for these nurses who are always cheerful. It's not always easy to keep a positive attitude in that job, but they are able to," Grace explained.
Grace continued to work several hours a week during treatment. "The library was so accommodating. They put a computer in my house so I could stay in touch," said Grace.
"I am so thankful to Fox Chase and their excellent treatment."
Today, Grace is back at work, full-time, in the library. "I am so thankful to Fox Chase and their excellent treatment," Grace concluded.