A stay-at-home mom with twin daughters, Jamie Hill was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2017.
“All I could think was, ‘I can’t leave (the girls) without a mom. I’m not going to see them go to kindergarten,’ ” said Hill, a North Canton resident. “They were not even 2.”
Today, Hill is a breast cancer survivor.
Originally from Indiana, Hill moved to North Canton with her husband, Casey, almost eight years ago.
In the shower one day in April 2017, Hill thought she felt a lump in her breast. She went to Mercy Stat Care for a mammogram and “after less than two hours, they were calling me wanting more images,” she said.
The next day at Mercy Medical Center, she underwent a 3D mammogram and ultrasound, and a lump was found. After two biopsies, she received a call on May 11, 2017 that she had breast cancer.
She started chemo in June 2017, one round every six weeks until October.
“I had chemo on Wednesday, and from Friday to Monday, it knocked me out. I felt sick. Family came and watched the girls to help my husband—my parents, my sister, my mother-in-law.”
After her chemo treatment, Hill had a double mastectomy in November 2017. “I wasn’t a candidate for lumpectomy because the tumor was so large,” she said.
“It was a long recovery,” Hill said. “Especially with twin 2-year-olds who want to be held and carried when you can’t carry anything over 5 pounds, and they’re 20. They were one of the main reasons for my fight—to be able to watch them grow up.”
Her husband “never missed an appointment, never missed a treatment,” she said. “Casey kept me grounded. We realized we had to live in the now, enjoy what’s going on now.”
As for her experience with Mercy Medical, “It was wonderful. Dr. (Russell) Ramey and his staff almost started feeling like family. They knew my girls, knew my husband. I was never worried about calling when I had any questions. The same for Dr. (Michael) McCormack, who did my reconstructive surgery, and his staff.”
These days, Hill is relieved to be cancer-free but anxiety persists.
“I feel good, but I’m scared,” she said. “They told me before Thanksgiving that I had a clean bill of health. But in the back of my mind, if I get a headache, I have to tell myself, ‘It’s not brain cancer.’ I hope that will pass.”
She finds solace in attending a breast cancer support group. “It’s good to hear other survivor stories,” Hill said. “There’s a lady there who’s a 30-year survivor.”