The United Hospital Center has been expanding their cancer services for quite some time and two major things were released Tuesday.
The Celebration of Life Cancer Garden is finally finished and Tuesday afternoon officials kicked off their cancer video.
5 News has told you about the cancer garden before. It gives patients a place to relax when they have treatments all day. And this video is an amazing thing to help patients understand the diagnosis of cancer. Most people are scared of the word cancer, but 5 News met one powerful woman who said she embraces it.
"I'm proud to say where I'm at now so other people can know," said Paulette Cimino, Cancer Survivor.
Paulette Cimino was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer two years ago in 2011.
"I have two bags. I'm not afraid to say it. I don't have a bladder. I don't have a rectum. But I functional normally and I'm proud that I'm alive," said Cimino.
She is an inspiring woman who believes you need to fight against this disease.
"When people here the c word they want to run, cancer does not mean death. As long as you have faith and believe you can beat it. I believe that's half the battle," said Cimino.
And she's so close to winning this battle.
"I have one tumor left and this Friday I go in for surgery. It's just a laser because its the size of a dime and we're hoping this will make me disease free," said Cimino.
How does it feel to almost be cancer free after a two year fight?
"I can't even begin to tell you. I will still have to go through chemo because there is still chance of cancer cells floating around. We want to make sure everything is gone and stays gone but that okay," said Cimino.
Cimino said none of this would have been possible without the United Hospital Center.
"I was very depressed until I got here. I was having a hard time accepting it and facing with it. No one was telling me what to eat and once I got here it changed," said Cimino.
Especially with these two new additions.
"You can watch it on your own time, at home and your family can see it and so everyone can know what's going on. And the garden is such I don't even know how to describe it. I used to have to just sit in that chair for six to eight hours and now it's just remarkable," said Cimino.
To watch the cancer video, click here. UHC also offers the video on DVD.
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