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Onslow Radiation Oncology

Survivor Stories

Johanna Phelps: Knowledge is power.

The moment Johanna was told she had cancer, she felt like every member of the Onslow Memorial team dropped what they were doing and made her feel important. Hear how from finding a lump, to her last day of treatment, Johanna had a care team that doubled as a support team, by her side every step of the way.

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Rosalyn Raines: A true team effort.

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to receive a cancer diagnosis, let alone two in the course of one week. But that was Rosalyn’s reality. And though she initially thought, like some do, that her best option for treatment was the larger hospitals nearby, it was getting to know Onslow Radiation Oncology’s exceptional team that solidified her decision to receive treatment close to home. And boy, is she glad she did.

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Lori Coleman: Making goals and sticking to them.

A diagnosis, biopsy, and test results—all complete within one week. That demonstration of swift and efficient care made Lori realize that the Onslow Radiation Oncology team was as dedicated to beating her cancer as she was. Today, Lori has a clean bill of health and some advice for those recently diagnosed—“Go to Onslow Radiation Oncology before you go elsewhere because you will be satisfied.”

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Spanky: Never lose your sense of humor.

Spanky, a retired Marine and local business owner, couldn’t have been more impressed with Onslow Radiation Oncology. Having experienced zero negative side effects, and gotten to work with an incredible team that felt like family, Spanky now thanks both the man upstairs and the professional help from the Onslow Radiation Oncology for quickly getting him back to living a happy and healthy life.

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Jay Sollis:  Next stop—happily ever after.

It’s hard to imagine radiation treatment being described as “fun”, but Jay insists that Onslow Radiation Oncology’s genuine and attentive team made his cancer treatment a truly enjoyable experience. Jay explains, that to him, it’s about more than the positive outcomes—it’s about giving credit where credit is due. And Jay credits Dr. Blackburn and his staff for the amazing opportunity to receive quality care close to home.

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Sonya Black: Creating your own path to relief.

Sonya Black had never been ill a day in her life, aside from normal pregnancy sickness. “I’d never had a flu shot, never been in a hospital for anything,” Black said. She had noticed that she was tiring easily, but she had just chalked that up to weight gain and aging, more »


Sue Lynn Whitehurst: Giving others a shining example.

Sue Lynn Whitehurst, a veteran schoolteacher, has been working as a guidance counselor at Onslow County Schools for five years. She calls her job rewarding but difficult, especially when it comes to emotionally separating herself from her students’ predicaments, more »


Valerie Nichols: Considering herself one of the lucky ones.

Valerie Nichols counts herself among the fortunate ones. Though she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2012, it was caught while it was in its early stages, more »


Sherry Cowan: Beating cancer in my 30’s.

Sherry Cowan and her husband, Matt, were high school sweethearts. They married young, had children young, and did everything young. They had even planned to be empty nesters young – before turning 40. There was just one problem. more »


Betty Brittain: Emanating a heart full of joy.

Like many women battling breast cancer, Betty Brittain is determined to make the best of it. “I may have cancer, but it doesn’t have me.” Mrs. Brittain, 68, walks 3½ miles at the mall every day, enjoys painting, and volunteers her time on various  committees. She is ardent in her faith, more »


Loyce Norris: Don’t worry, be happy … and bake.

Loyce 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,” more »


Sheila Blue: Kindness is the best medicine.

Sheila Blue’s advice to women is simple: “Don’t wait till you get about dead before you go to the doctor. Learn to examine yourself.” Fortunately, Mrs. Blue, 63, practiced what she preached. When she found a lump on her breast, she went to see her doctor. more »

About Onslow Radiation Oncology

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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