Saint Michael’s Breast Cancer Survivor Celebrates Five Years Cancer-Free
By Giving Gifts to Patients
Newark, NJ—Newark resident Elsie Best celebrated five years cancer-free this June.
Rather than receive gifts she chose to give back to those undergoing cancer
treatments at Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC) and brought
gifts for chemotherapy patients from her church group, the Missionary
Society at Philemon Missionary Baptist Church, Newark. Patients received
gift bags filled with toiletries, warm socks, peppermint candies and bibles.
Best also presented the SMMC Foundation with a check for $100 designated
to The Cancer Center.
“God kept me here for a reason,” explained Best. “To
be an advocate for cancer survivorship. I am truly blessed to share this
gift and to be able to come back and see all of the wonderful people who
cared for me.”
Upon her diagnosis, Best sought treatment at the Cancer Center at SMMC
and The Connie Dwyer Breast Center. While undergoing treatment, she sat
on the Cancer Center’s Quality Improvement subcommittee, representing
patients and offering input on process improvement. She also attended
the SMMC Breast Cancer Support Group which inspired to her to start her
own support group at her church.
“Talking to someone who has been through this before makes it easier
to relate,” said Best of her support group. “We’re seeing
more and more people find the strength to reach out and be proactive in
getting the help they need.”
As for her future plans, Best says she plans to continue speaking to those
who are undergoing cancer treatment and share her experience, faith and
story of survivorship.
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About The Cancer Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center
Accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of
Surgeons (ACoS), The Cancer Center at Saint Michael's Medical Center
delivers a comprehensive continuum of cancer care that integrates clinical
expertise, compassionate care and leading-edge technology and techniques.
The team at The Cancer Center treats a wide range of cancer types. From
the most common to the more complicated forms or cancer, we create an
individualized treatment plan to produce the best outcome possible for
About Saint Michael’s Medical Center
Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s
Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research
center in the heart of Newark’s business and educational district.
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Sallie Jose, RN, Antonia Clemente, RN, Jennifer Sawyer, RN, cancer survivor
Elsie Best, Geenie Sandhu, RN, and Linda Schneider, RN, Manager
Elsie Best gives a gift and words of encouragement to a patient
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