I met Joy V. Hepkins, M.S.N., RN, OCN, an oncology nurse navigator at Mercy Catholic Medical Center — Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pennsylvania, in 2012 when I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Hearing the words “you have cancer” is overwhelming. In a quest to get some additional information, I decided to join a cancer support group, and Joy was the facilitator of the group at Mercy Fitzgerald. When I met her for the first time, she put me at ease about my upcoming treatment schedule and surgery.
As things progressed with my treatment, I could not attend the meetings. Months went by, but I could always count on a call from either Joy or someone from the group to see how I was doing. Once I was able, I went back to the support group, and, as before, Joy received me with open arms. It was great being back with this joyful group of cancer patients and survivors.