A mother and grandmother, Robin Olin was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. She received exceptional care from Orange Regional Medical Group Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Cleveland Lewis and the expert team at the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.
“Based on my experience, I would strongly suggest that you go to Orange Regional. Not because I went there, but because of the staff that’s there. I can say that everyday I am more thankful. I am just a grateful woman. I really am.”
-Robin Olin, Lung Cancer Survivor
Lung Cancer Treatment at Orange Regional
In October of 2014, Robin began experiencing a pain in her chest. After examination of her heart and lungs and after conducting pulmonary lobectomy surgery, Dr. Cleveland Lewis, Jr. Thoracic Surgeon of Orange Regional Medical Group, diagnosed Robin with Stage 1 Lung Cancer. Dr. Lewis had to remove 32% of her right lung.
Following this first surgery, Robin’s grandson, Caleb Nathaniel, was born. At this moment Robin knew she wanted to be in her grandchild’s life. Her love for him gave her the courage and determination to undergo an additional surgery to remove additional cancer discovered on her left lung.
Supporting Cancer Patients Through Their Journey to Survivorship
With the support of her family and her church, Robin found the determination she needed to fight and survive her lung cancer. Robin also gained so many insights from the team and our support services offered at Orange Regional Medical Center, including our Lung Cancer Patient Navigator program, and our Lung Cancer Support Group.
“When you walk into my office, or any thoracic surgeon’s office, and you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, the idea of a cure can seem so far away. You’re alone in the world. No one else that you know has lung cancer – you feel like you are by yourself. And that’s not true.”
-Dr. Cleveland Lewis, Orange Regional Medical Group Thoracic Surgeon
Patient Navigator Program
This one-on-one, complimentary service is provided to ensure our cancer patients’ needs are met. We have patient navigators that specialize in variety of cancers and cancer related treatment, including: breast cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer, and palliative care. We are here to provide health resources, facilitate interaction between staff and providers, decreasing fear and anxiety, and tracking interventions and outcomes as needed.
Our Lung Cancer Patient Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, has dedicated her career to helping patients with lung cancer. She worked with Robin throughout her treatment.
“When I first met Jayne – I don’t know if it was sunny outside or not, but Jayne came into the room and it was like a burst of sun had entered into my room,” says Robin. “Just like you navigate through life, this is a road that I’ve never been down before, but yet, we have someone that’s going to help guide me along the way – and it was Jayne. And I’m ever-so grateful.”
Lung Cancer Support Group
The Lung Cancer Support Group is for patients and their friends and families whose lives have been affected by lung cancer. The support group setting provides education, resources and brings together people who have a similar diagnosis to share experiences, concerns and fears as they battle lung cancer together.
“Robin is an amazing, strong woman. During that time, Robin attended the Lung Cancer Support Group and received support from other people that went through similar circumstances.”
-Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, Lung Cancer Patient Navigator
During her lung cancer journey to survivorship, Robin regularly attended the Lung Cancer Support Group. She also attended this our annual Cancer Survivor’s Day event at Orange Regional and volunteers every Thursday at Orange Regional with the goal of being an advocate for cancer awareness.
Thank you, Robin!
We are so thankful for the time that Robin volunteers with us and love to see her as, not only an active participant in our community here at Orange Regional, but also as a voice of support and experience for others in our community (and beyond) who are in their own cancer journeys. And for that, we’d like to extend our warmest gratitude to Robin, for her courage to share her story with us all!