Nurse becomes patient after breast cancer diagnosis

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - If you walk the halls of CHI St Joseph's assisted living, you're likely to run in to Joy Trevino.

The registered nurse spends a lot of time working with patients, but about one year ago, she became a patient herself.

"I was diagnosed on October 11, 2017. You don't forget that day," she said.

Trevino found a lump in her breast, and with a family history of breast cancer, she knew things were about to change.

"I wasn't sure in being a healthcare provider you kind of expect things to go a certain way. I thought 'oh it's nothing', waited a month and it didn't go away so I went to the doctor and that's when I was set for the mammogram, the ultrasound and the biopsy," said Trevino.

That was the start of a year long battle, including 6 rounds of chemo, a lumpectomy, more chemo and then intense radiation. Trevino had to take three months off from work. Her husband and the non-profit Here for the Girls were a big part of her getting through treatment.

"Take a deep breath and remember although it feels like a medical emergency it is no a medical emergency. You have time to think, you have time to make decision. You have time to get the answers you need," she said.

Trevino is in full remission now and looking to the future. One goal is to finish her doctorate degree.

"I continued to do all through my treatment my doctorate program for my doctorate of nursing practice. So I will be graduating in April," said Trevino.

You can find a link to the Here for the Girls page in the related links section.