Published: November 8th, 2011

Category: Patient Stories

DianaAs a health reporter in Miami, Diana has spent her career telling someone else’s story. However, 10 years ago, it was her personal story that changed forever. Diana was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her left thigh and was referred to Shands at the University of Florida.

Diana was raising two young girls at the time and choosing to travel from Miami to Gainesville for health treatment was challenging. However, from her first visit she knew she was in the right place. Her course of treatment was intense. First, Diana endured two radiation sessions a day for six weeks. She then underwent orthopaedic surgery to remove the tumor.

A decade after her diagnosis, Diana continues to be cancer free and wears the badge of “cancer survivor” with great pride. Not only does she value the care she received, she values her chance to return to work, to watch her daughters grow up and to enjoy each day to the fullest.