My Aspirus Story
Disco Cures Cancer Testimonial: Stacy Revie
Patient Name: Stacy Revie
The view from Stacy Revie’s office at Aspirus Clinics overlooks the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center entrance. Stacy, a Patient Services Specialist, recalls looking out her window and feeling thankful that she did not need to go the Cancer Center.
That is, until she learned that she was among the one in five Americans who develop skin cancer during the course of their lifetime. She was also among the one in 55 people diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
In the summer of 2009, Stacy was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma and began receiving treatment at the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center. She remembers the first time she walked into the treatment room at the Cancer Center.
“I was petrified, but eventually the Cancer Center became a place of comfort where I found a bit of peace and support,” she said.
“After two years of being stuck in the house,” Stacy’s cancer is now in remission. But, she is always cautious because she knows that survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely to have the cancer come back. Because the percentage of having the melanoma come back or attack a different organ is higher than normal, her survival rate is 40 percent for the first year and increases as time goes by.
“One big thing for me is my Husband, Trandy,” she said. “I would not have made it through what I did without him or my stepdaughter, Hailey.
In her stepdaughter’s opinion, “Cancer is only a word,” Hailey said. “To see my stepmom actually go thru it was terrifying.”
Stacy also credits her miniature poodle, Buddy, and the family’s black lab, Bear, for helping everyone cope and care for one another.
“When most people survive cancer, it makes them stronger,” Stacy said. “For me it has made me more cautious. Things I normally would have never given a second thought on doing, now I do. For a long time, I was scared to drive out of my driveway, sit in the woods, or be in a boat. I have become more worried about what people think. Daily, I struggle with these things and want to stress to people how serious skin cancer really is.”
“So, I guess Disco Cures Cancer is a celebration for me, because I’m still here… Disco is also a celebration for my Family, too. The three of us are survivors!”
“Seeing the proceeds go to the Aspirus Regional Cancer to help patients and people be as comfortable as possible during a difficult time is another reason I go to Disco Cures Cancer. It’s a way for me to give back. It means a lot that the event is here!”
Created: Oct 21, 2013