Why I chose MD Anderson for breast cancer treatment

When I was diagnosed with stage IB invasive ductal carcinoma — a type of breast cancer — in at age 36, my husband and I were clueless as to what to do. Should I stay in my small hometown to receive treatment or go somewhere else? What would be the best decision for me — and us — to keep me around for the people I love? I have a fantastic doctor here in southern Alabama, but he didn’t have much experience with breast cancer, so he encouraged me to seek treatment elsewhere. I’m glad I followed his advice. After doing some internet research and talking it over, we knew that MD Anderson was our first choice. But we worried that being 10+ hours away from home might present more challenges than the breast cancer treatment itself. A text from an old high school classmate is what finally swayed us. She connected me with her best friend, Dr. Makesha Miggins, who’s a breast surgeon at MD Anderson. It turns out that we both came from the same small town, and our mothers once taught school together. Dr. Miggins told me that cancer was MD Anderson’s specialty, and I would receive the best care in the world if I went there. Before long, she’d convinced me that MD Anderson was my place, too — and that going there was the right choice for me. My breast cancer treatment I had my first appointments there with Dr. Anthony Lucci, Dr. Abenaa Brewster and Dr. Michael Stauder on July 10, 2018. And by the end of our first meeting, I was over...