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Onslow Radiation Oncology

Loyce Norris

Don’t worry, be happy…and bake.

survivor_portrait_NorrisLoyce Norris retired after 41 years as a base comptroller secretary, and had never been sick a day in her life. That changed this summer when she found a lump in her left breast during a shower.

“The left breast was removed, and 11 of the 22 lymph nodes taken out were cancerous,” she said from her home in Swansboro. She opted not to have reconstruction surgery. “At my age, I’m not interested in any man!”

After a long round of chemotherapy, radiation was the next step. She said her first day at Onslow Radiation Oncology was a little rocky because she had been up late the night before in the emergency department with a family member.

“I just got real upset that first day. My arthritis was hurting and I had to lie down. I’m sure everyone there thought I was a real witch. Because I was!” Mrs. Norris said, laughing. “But I went back on Monday and everything went smooth.” Mrs. Norris finished her radiation treatments on June 13, about a month before turning 78. But she still shows up at Onslow Radiation Oncology from time to time to bring the staff cakes, cobblers and other home-baked goodies. “I enjoy baking. I’m old-fashioned that way.”

The little acts of kindness are a small payback, she said. “Everyone at Onslow Radiation Oncology is very caring and very understanding. I’ve never been treated better.” Having a good attitude has a lot to do with getting better, she said. “And the good Lord has taken care of me. I’m thankful to be as healthy for as long as I have.”

Her advice to anyone battling cancer is simple. “There’s no sense in worrying yourself about it. Whatever will be will be. Best thing you can do is do something about it.”

Photo courtesy of: Don Bryan

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Onslow Radiation Oncology is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and is a partnership between Onslow Memorial Hospital and Vidant Health. We serve cancer patients in Onslow, Craven, Carteret and surrounding counties.

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