Hank and Karen Trenkamp of Batesville both know too well the challenges of fighting cancer. Karen, a 13-year breast cancer survivor, was by Hank's side when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer. Fortunately, the couple was relieved to find out he could receive top-notch cancer care close to home. For Hank, that meant less time on the road and more time doing the things he loves ... like working on the family farm and spending time with his six grandchildren.
"I received both chemo and radiation at the (Margaret Mary) Cancer Center," said Hank. "The doctors were excellent and kept me informed on a "farm boy" level I could understand. The nurses were also great - always working around my schedule and providing plenty of education on what to expect next. I'm grateful we have such an incredible facility in our community."
Fighting cancer wasn't in the Trenkamps' life plans, but with the support of their faith, family and our cancer team, their future looks bright. We think that's pretty incredible!
When Larry Snyder (pictured right), 72, found out he had prostate cancer, he knew exactly where he wanted to go for treatment. Having fought prostate cancer themselves, his brother, Jack (pictured left), and good friend, Lowell (center), both gave Larry the same advice ... “Go to Margaret Mary for your cancer care.”
“When my doctor suggested I drive to Indianapolis for treatment, I asked if I could go to Batesville instead,” said Larry, Greensburg. “The guys told me I would be impressed with the care here, and they were right. Dr. (Frank) Peyton and the staff are 100 percent professional, and the girls always know what to say to put me at ease. It was also convenient. Most days I could get my treatment and be back home in an hour.”
Thanks to the care provided at Margaret Mary’s Cancer Center, these three survivors are doing well and enjoying life. And for them, this equates to more morning cups of coffee together and more fish stories.
Brookville resident George Lamping is a fighter. A Korean War veteran, George faced another long fight when diagnosed with incurable colon cancer in 2013. After going to another cancer treatment facility where he was told he only had a year to live, George decided to get a second opinion at Margaret Mary’s Cancer Center. Three years later, he’s alive to say it was the best move he’s ever made.
“I’ve been impressed with this place from the very first time I walked in the door. From the receptionist to the nurses to Dr. (Howard) Cooper, everyone is so nice. They pick on me all the time,” George jokes with a smile, “but there’s no point in being too serious. I remember the first time Dr. Cooper told me my cancer was in remission. He did a little dance he called his ‘remission dance.’ On a scale of 1-10, I rate them all a 12.”
Although he’s not cancer free, George, 86, is doing well and receives regular chemo treatments to keep him healthy for as long as possible. And for George, this means more good times spent with his buddies at the American Legion.