N FEBRUARY 2001, Marjorie (‘Bobbie’)
Sweatman was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her particular tumor
required that she have chemotherapy prior to having surgery, so
by the time I met her in May, she had lost all her hair. Her husband
was also bald. He proudly informed me, “I havent always
been bald. I shaved my head to match hers so she wouldnt feel
I introduced myself and gave her a ‘bosom buddy’ bear,
she informed me that she would name her bear ‘Brenda.’
Although that is my own name, Mrs. Sweatman said she was naming
it in memory of her daughter, Brenda, who had died of breast cancer.
The attitude of Mr. and Mrs. Sweatman is amazing.
They are always holding hands and smiling. In fact, Mrs. Sweatman
has become the ‘poster child’ for CHRISTUS Schumperts
cancer treatment services. She appeared on a local television program
and will also be seen on billboards throughout the city promoting
our cancer treatment facility.
CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System