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If you’re looking for Jay Sollis, you might find him working with Habitat for Humanity to build a museum in Jacksonville. Or he could be volunteering for one of the other local non-profit organizations he dedicates his time to. But about a year ago, Jay’s life was quite a bit different.
During an annual physical exam, Jay was informed that he had abnormal PSA results, and was advised to visit a urologist to get a biopsy and some answers. Jay received his results, and low and behold the biopsy disclosed the unimaginable—Jay had prostate cancer.
As most people are, Jay was shocked to hear the news. Looking back he shared, “I don’t know why we think this is going to happen to someone else. But it was my turn.” After talking through his options with his doctor, Jay opted for surgery to remove the cancer. Once surgery was complete, Jay was referred to Onslow Radiation Oncology.
Jay began his 7-week treatment program, or as Jay describes it, “7 weeks of feeling at home every time I was there.”
Jay remembered during one of his first days of treatment, he was handed a prayer blanket. A beautiful blanket that was hand knit, with a card attached. He shares, “It took me by surprise—but it was part of all the small gestures, and the kindnesses and the thoughtful approach that everybody on that staff took to making me feel welcome and comfortable, and reassured that this is going to be alright.”
The time Jay spent at Onslow Radiation Oncology, was more pleasant than he ever could have hoped for. His experience was filled with simply scheduled treatments, the kindest receptionists, and great mood music—from Willie Nelson, to the Beatles greatest hits.
“When you go in there everyone is focused on you. On taking care of you… They’re sincere and they’re genuine and they’re attentive and cordial, and fun. They make it fun—they make it an enjoyable experience rather than something you should dread or feel apprehensive about.” And for Jay, his quick and enjoyable treatment program worked like a charm.
Jay has since completed his treatment, and received his 90-day post-radiation assessment—he is both happy and healthy. “I’m clean, so it worked. It’s a happily ever after story for me.” But that doesn’t mean Jay is necessarily looking forward to closing that chapter of his life.
“You know, honestly, I’m going to miss this a bit. I’m glad it’s over, because I’m glad I’ve gone through the entire treatment cycle, but this has been an everyday experience for me for 7 weeks and I’m going to miss these people. And I would welcome seeing them again.”