This is written to all who are fighting the battle of breast cancer. I would like to encourage you to stay strong and know you are not alone. In the midst of darkness, there is always a glimmer of light.
In March 2007, I was diagnosed with stage four Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This is one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. This type of breast cancer spreads throughout the body rapidly. It had also spread to my liver. Needless to say, this came as quite a shock to me. So many thoughts raced through my mind. “How can this be possible?” “Why me?” “How can I deal with this?” Sadly, it happens and I was forced to deal with the reality of my situation. I was faced with a choice. I could stand and fight this cancer which had so aggresively invaded my body or I could run and hide. I chose to stand and fight!
I went through several rounds of chemo-therapy. I was extremely fortunate because I did not suffer from any sickness due to my chemo sessions. The love and support I received from my family and friends, made what could have been an extremely dark period, become a powerful testimony. In October 2007, I chose to have a mastectomy to reduce the chances of having the cancer return. Dr. Kumat T. Pendurthi performed the general surgery and Dr. Manny Iyer was my plastic surgeon. I am please to announce, I came through with flying colors. After surgery, I received a few rounds of radiation treatments as an extra precaution. I am no in my third year of receiving Herceptin treatments due to the lesion which was on my liver.
Today, I am cancer free, doing well and I am in good health.
Dr. Hayman Salib was my oncologist. His medical expertise, mixed with a compassion which is rarely seen today, walked me and my family through every step from my initial diagnosis until I became Cancer Free. Through God, Dr. Hayman Salib, his staff and the team of doctors which he recommended gave me back the same quality of life I had prior to my diagnosis. Facing any kind of illness can be devastating, not only to the individual but to their families as well. However, having a caring, sensitive and encouraging doctor such as Dr. Hayman Salib inspired me to stay positive and never give up.
I hope this will inspire others to reach deep within and find the source of their strength to fight off cancer of any kind and its debilitating effects. This is a battle which must fight in the mind and spirit, as well as in the body. I would like to encourage Dr. Hayman Salib to continue to allow GOD to use him as an angel who touches lives, as he has done for me and my family.
I hope my story motivates all to become steadfast in the screening process. Early detection is the best weapon we have in fighting and winning the battle against Cancer!
Written by G.D. and C.J. October 2010
Appreciation and Thanks
On behalf of my entire family, I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Robert Bloch, Dr. Hayman Salib, Dr. Manoj Mittal, and Dr. Camilo Alcoseba for the excellent care you provided my wife before and after her surgery.
I want to express gratitude for the extraordinary effort, compassion, and most of all your professional standards and competence. Indeed, your care was above and beyond the call of duty.
Best Regards and God bless,
Dr. Mohrez EL Hussini
RE: Mrs. E. D.
Dear Dr. Salib,
I would like to commend you and your staff for the quality of care as well as your understanding and concerned manner shown to Mrs. D and her family during her illness.
This is the type of outstanding service that Easton Hospital wants all of their patients to experience.
Thanks to you for a job well done. Your continued efforts to provide excellent health care at Easton Hospital are
very much appreciated.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Good Evening Dr. Salib,
It was such a pleasure to hear my Mom’s tone of voice when she announced, “I have good news for you, my big tumor shrunk a lot and some of the small ones on my liver are gone. Dr. Salib said I need to continue Chemo but he has the correct mixture”. She sounded so positive it was great! She understands that the cancer will not go away but with the chemo, good eating habits, a healthy attitude and paying attention to her body will help control the symptoms. Previously, she was afraid to say she had been sick or going to the bathroom; now she understands that she will dehydrate and end up in the hospital which is not a place she wants to be, so she does not hesitate to let us know.
Thank you for speaking with me, helping me understand what my mom was up against and being patient with my questions. I will be coming up in the end of August for our Family reunion and I hope to stop in and Thank you in person.
Enjoy your week!
Dear Mr. B.
I have just completed the process of officially transferring 1, 028 shares of stock to St. Luke’s. Documents are being
mailed today to the transfer agents. E. S. and P. P. of my bank were very helpful in completing this process.
In making this donation, I wish to especially recognize the skill and dedication of:
Hayman Salib, M.D.
Not only do I respect their experience and medical backgrounds, but their caring and dedication, as well as sensitivity.
Of course I wish also to thank the staff in the cancer wing which includes staff physicians, specialists, nursing staff, aides, housekeeping, dietary specialists and countless others. The professional staff of the union station would center and St. Luke’s visiting nurses must also be recognized. They all exhibited great care and consideration towards patients. It is
my hope that there is a procedure by which all of these lovely people will know of my appreciation.
Certainly, my impression of St. Luke’s caring attitudes, the efficiency and skill with which the hospital functions and the training that staff receives made it an easy decision to make the contribution toward the construction of the new Cancer center at Riverside location.
Any recognition of this contribution should list the G. and E. –P. charitable trust.
E.B. – P
May 31, 2007
Dr. Hayman S. Salib
65 E. Elizabeth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Dear Dr. Salib,
I would like to thank you for the wonderful care that you provided to E. B.– P. and to the many other patients that turn
to you for care.
As you can see from the attached letter, Mrs. B.-P. has decided to make a very generous $100,000 plus gift to St. Luke’s Hospital to support the construction of the new cancer center. I’ve attached a current briefing paper on the project.
At some point in June or July, I would like to arrange a small luncheon or dinner party to thank Mrs. B.-P. for her gift and hope that you will consider attending. I will send you more information once all the details have been finalized.
I also look forward to meeting you in the near future. I joined the staff at St. Luke’s in late October of 2006 and am slowly getting to know members of the medical staff.
Vice President, Development