Breast cancer survivor praises local hospital's new center

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Friday, October 18, 2013--- 6:00 p.m.

"It's almost 11 years to the day I was diagnosed the second time," said Diane Hintzmann.

After beating breast cancer once, Diane Hintzmann was told this summer that she'd be facing it again.

"Deflating," Hintzmann describes it. "I think when you think you've gone through chemotherapy."

But this time around, she said, has been a little easier for her because of Columbus Community Hospital.

"I feel like I'm in a good place," said Hintzmann.

"I want people to feel like they can call me any time," said breast health nurse specialist, Cathy Butterbrodt.

What has specifically helped is her relationship with Butterbrodt.

"From start to finish, I typically stay with a patient for about a year," said Butterbrodt.

"[She] gave us a wonderful handbook and a binder that scheduled who the doctors are that I'd be seeing," said Hintzmann. "Cathy takes the time to get to know what the issues are. She always available for us."

Butterbrodt's personal, step by step help comes alongside an improved and developed cancer center.

"I can set them up with nutrition, oncology, occupational therapy, and they can all do it in this center," said Butterbrodt.

Over the past two years, the hospital's made little changes that have made the world of difference to their patients.

"It's warm, it's friendly. [There's] a separate waiting room for people having mammograms," said Hintzmann. "[You're] given a robe, a gift, its so easy to talk with the people on staff here."

This leaves patients like Hintzmann feeling stronger than ever.

"I feel more positive I think because knowing I've beat this again, I'm hoping. I'm a strong person, and I like to think this has been a great educational experience as well," said Hintzmann.

Early detection is key. Women are urged to get an annual mammogram beginning at the age of 40.

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