Meet Mary Beth
After a routine checkup with her gynecologist, Mary Beth was sitting at her desk at work when she got the call. The news was hard to take in as she learned she had a very aggressive and rare form of endometrial cancer. Mary Beth immediately underwent a total hysterectomy under the care of another physician where she was informed the cancer spread. She was in need of a specialized team to help her through this.
“When you hear the word cancer you hear, ‘I’m going to die,’” says Mary Beth, who was 58 at the time. “I was not ready for that. I was going to do whatever it took to keep living and fight it.”
The Search For the Right Team
"I looked everywhere. I looked in South Florida. I looked in Miami, Fort Lauderdale. I looked in Jacksonville, Orlando, and working in Tampa at the time I knew of Moffitt Cancer Center and its reputation.” Her search lead her to Dr. Sachin Apte, who recommended a very aggressive treatment to “go for the cure.”
"That’s just so reassuring when you’re being told you have stage 3C cancer that they are going to go for the cure,” she says. “So, that was heaven to me to hear those words."
"Be happy and do whatever you need to do to
fight and give each other courage."
The Courage Around Her
At Moffitt, Mary Beth says she also found reassurance from whom she calls “the gynecological lifesavers,” including the nurses, infusion staff and radiologists.
That faith, hope and courage was also apparent in the other patients she saw when she came in for treatment.
“I would sit there and I would see other patients and I would think OK, they’re strong. If they can do it. I can do it.”
Mary Beth is a positive person who stresses to friends and family the importance of getting checkups and visiting the doctor when symptoms are present.