I am a Register Nurse – now I’m a patient.

On Oct. 10, I was diagnosed with a rare form of apocrine carcinoma. What I discovered, Breast cancer is not about the person who has the cancer. It’s about God, family, and the wonderful professional caring staff at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH).

Whether you are receiving treatment for cancer or having a colonoscopy or mammogram; the care given is the foundation of a hospital. It’s not a new addition or the well-made TV ads. It’s the staff; starting from the volunteer to the skilled surgeon. These are the reasons a patient will return to the same hospital.

I had my annual mammogram at the PAH in September, I received a call from my doctor, who encouraged me to see Dr. Lingenfelter at PAH, I agreed and my journey with PAH began. PAH is filled with the most professional, talented, and caring staff I have ever seen. Each person I met was dedicated and showed true passion for their specific job not to mention attention to detail because as we all know each patient is unique. I feel truly blessed that I have this small nonprofit hospital as my hospital. I thank each and every one. Also know that each person who walks through these doors in their time of illness or for a routine test will receive the same treatment as I have. May God richly bless all who works at this gem of a hospital in Ground Hog Pa.

– Carol Wilson, Mahaffey

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