From ‘Day’ to ‘Day’

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, July 23, 2009

From one “Day” to the next, Paula Day is thankful.

She’s thankful for Dr. Timothy Day — no relation — for saving her life and she’s thankful to the good Lord above for each and every single day she has left on this earth.

Day said the only reason she is a breast cancer survivor is because of Dr. Day’s willingness to “never stop.”

On April 29, Day was sitting at home when she found lumps in both of her breasts. Her regular doctor was on vacation, and a “nagging” in the back of head wouldn’t let her not call the doctor.

“So I called Dr. Day’s office,” she said. “They told me to come right on in. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, but thought it was something that needed to be checked out. I thought, ‘there’s no way this is cancer.’ I was wrong.”

Dr. Day sent her to the hospital where he did a biopsy and removed one of the lumps. In two days, it had grown back. In response, Dr. Day sent her to get a second opinion.

Four days later, it was official — she had breast cancer.

Since then she has had seven surgeries — the most recent, a double mastectomy.

“When I found out it was cancer, I just cried and cried,” she said, tearing up as she spoke about it. “Luckily, because of Dr. Day, we caught it early enough that I don’t have to have chemo or radiation and I think it was because of him.”

She was so impressed by Dr. Day’s supportiveness and willingness to “answer every single question we had and just talk with us about it” she gave him a plaque for his office wall.

When she presented it to him, “he gave be a big ol’ smile and grabbed me and hugged me,” she said.

“I think he saved my life; I know he saved my life,” she said. “I thank God every day that he didn’t stop in treating me. It was a lesson I learned and I wanted to share — do self-exams and get regular check-ups. It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are.

“Don’t put it off. Never put anything off. You never know when it might be you with cancer.”

Day also expressed her thanks to her recovery nurse, Faye Bradley, and Dr. Day’s nurse, Melinda Gay, as well as her friends and family.