“I know that I made the right choice putting my health (and my life) in Dr. St John’s hands, and that I’ve got the best team of doctors and nurses for what cancer throws at me next” —Richard
In July 2019, I got the message no one wants to hear, “Mr. Nolan, I’m afraid you have Stage 4 cancer.” A common skin cancer (Basal cell carcinoma) had metastasized to my saliva glands and involved my facial nerves. My world turned to black. Test results showed cancer moving along my nerves towards my spinal column, greater auricular nerve and brain stem. After a medical review board review of treatments was inconclusive, Dr. Maie St John stepped in and changed my life trajectory forever. Here is why I think I made the right choice in putting my life in her hands, and why I think she’s the best:
I’ll admit that when I originally researched Dr. St John, I was awe-struck by her diplomas and credentials and that everyone spoke so highly of her within the UCLA system. Having gone through this process and gotten to know Dr. St John and members of her team personally, there’s a lot more than what you see on paper… there’s caring, coordination, communication and a wonderful optimism that permeates every visit to UCLA. Look, cancer is a monster, and I have encountered some soul crushing stories in this battle… but having just hit my one year mark since beating my head and neck cancer and continuing to receive numerous skin cancer and other treatments, I remain optimistic. Throughout this process a lot of people have told me that I could beat cancer. While I always appreciate the thought behind their good cheer, I know that it’s really good doctors, good medicine, good science, and the latest cancer fighting techniques and technologies that will beat cancer. My fight is not done... I will continue to get skin cancers for the rest of my life and pray that they don’t metastasize again. I know that I made the right choice putting my health (and my life) in Dr. St John’s hands, and that I’ve got the best team of doctors and nurses for what cancer throws at me next.